The Rangers improved to 3-1-1 in the preseason with their win over Frolunda this afternoon. The game was highlighted by Henrik Lundqvist’s return to his old SEL team, and what an ovation it was. Henke is loved in Sweden, and is a bit of a national hero there. The opening ceremony included a standing ovation from the crowd as he stood at center ice. After the ceremony, there was a game after all, so let’s get to that:
Although the Rangers won this game 4-2, they were very sloppy. They got out shot by a team in a league not known for offense. They made bad passes, except for a few nice plays, and played horrible defense. If this game were played against an NHL team, they would have lost.
The Rangers spent the first five minutes of the second period on the penalty kill, with the majority of that being down two men. You can’t do that in any game, and they are lucky the SEL isn’t an offensive powerhouse.
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