NEW YORK - DECEMBER 30: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers watches on against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game on December 30, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
One of the stranger sights in the Rangers 6-3 loss to the Penguins was John Tortorella's early hook on Henrik Lundqvist. He explains his reasoning here (via NY Post)...
“I was not going to keep him in there. It wasn’t him. I wasn’t going to keep him in there with what was going on in front of him.”
...i bet Biron felt good about himself after hearing this. In all seriousness, I'm in total agreement with Torts on this one. Absolutely no reason to leave him in there. Get him some rest and start focusing on the Bruins.
Speaking of Wednesday game vs. Boston, Steve Zipay at Newsday says to expect Lundqvist right back in there...
"Henrik Lundqvist needs to/will start against the Bruins...My guess: He’ll also start in Philly, especially if he doesn’t secure a win vs. Bruins; in other words, No. 30 is in net until he has a W or two under the belt."
Zipay adds that Marty Biron will likely get his first start on Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
...with the Rangers already four points behind the Penguins, expect a ton of work for Lundqvist early this season. I really thought that Lundqvist would be the "X" factor for the Rangers while they worked through the expected rust. But not even his heroics have been able to save this team.
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