After a long two months, the New York Rangers finally got their all star goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist back into the lineup. He started this Saturday against the Boston Bruins with much anticipation. Despite the 4-2 loss, some good things came out of the rough game back for the King.
On the season, he is 25-11-3 with five shutouts. There were moments of brilliance for the goaltender, however it was quite noticeable how rusty he actually was. He had twenty six saves on thirty shots, and several key saves to keep the Bruins off the board.
However, the Rangers did not play the up tempo fast paced style that has been so successful for them so far this season. They constantly made mistakes, which resulted in turnovers and goals, which did not help out the returning Lundqvist.
The Bruins, who were just outside a playoff spot before today’s game came into the matchup today a desperate team, and it definitely showed. From the opening face-off, the Bruins came out flying and with a hard forecheck.
Every time the Rangers tried to move the puck out of their own zone, black jerseys were every where they looked. The Blueshirts seemed flat pretty much all game, but did have moments where they would pin Boston in their own zone, but could not get any shots off.
Despite a sloppy game today, New York has always been a turn around team. They learn from their previous mistakes and come out next game as a much better unit as a whole. This Sunday, they play another desperate team, the Washington Capitals.
The Capitals are just in the playoffs with a wildcard spot and 90 points. With firepower, such as Alexander Ovechkin, the Rangers will have their hands full. The team is expecting Cam Talbot to get the start in goal, and has he been hot as of late.
Lundqvist will certainly regain his form, especially before the playoffs start. Teams will certainly test him every start he gets, just like Boston did today by firing shots at the goal from all angles. The team and Henrik will take everything one step at a time as the team looks to gain home ice advantage for the postseason.