Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/12/13
Saturday will in essence be a mental health day for Henrik Lundqvist for with his team breaking down — and breaking bad — in front of him through the season’s hellish first week the goaltender will watch from the bench as Martin Biron gets the start in St. Louis against the Blues. Lundqvist in his ninth season as a Ranger has never looked as fried as he did following Thursday’s 6-0 defeat in Anaheim during which the Ducks beat him six times within the first 36:15 of the match a night after the Sharks beat him four times in 29:19 before he was pulled for Biron in the 9-2 debacle in St. Louis. The goaltender was as obviously as shaken as he was concerned and mystified by the club’s all-encompassing ineptitude on their trek through the western time zone appearing shell-shocked as he spoke to reporters in a long since deserted locker room a half-hour after the game had ended. Biron was shaky indeed in surrendering five goals in 30:41 to San Jose the fourth of which was the Tomas Hertl between-the-legs instant classic. Of course he had no support either. He will be called upon to try to settle down his team against the Blues while Lundqvist gets both the benefit of two practice days he otherwise would have forfeited and a stay of execution. The 1-3 Rangers — doesn’t it seem as if they’re actually 1-13? — will somehow attempt to start Saturday’s match with confidence in their system and with trust in one another. That’s easier said than done. These twin losses mark only the fifth time in franchise history the Rangers have been beaten by at least six goals in two consecutive games. The last time it happened March 26-27 2000 in 8-2 and 6-0 losses to the Red Wings general manager Neil Smith and coach John Muckler were fired within 24 hours following the home-and-home sweep.
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