Michael Finewax

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Henrik King for a Day Again

Monday, October 9, 2017


What a difference a night makes!

 

On one hand, the NHL went from 15 games on Saturday to only one on Sunday.

 

The Rangers and Canadiens were the only two teams in action as both were embarrassed on Saturday.

 

The Habs dropped a 6-1 decision to the Capitals as Alex Ovechkin scored four times, chasing Carey Price to the bench as he was replaced by Al Montoya after giving up four goals on 14 shots in the first.

 

It was worse for the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist as he was stung for five first period goals on only 17 shots to the high-scoring Maple Leafs.

  

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NEW YORK RANGERS 2 MONTREAL 0

 

Well, it was King Henrik night in Montreal as Lundqvist stopped all 34 shots in a 2-0 shutout win for the Rangers.

 

Lundqvist was supposed to get the night off but the plans changed when he only played the first period in Toronto with Ondrej Pavelec playing the last two stanzas. It made no sense to go back to Pavelec and the Rangers were rewarded with Lundqvist’s outstanding effort.

 

It was the same for Carey Price as he was much better on Sunday than Saturday. But it was to little avail as Price stopped 23 shots but allowed a couple past him in the loss.

 

Both goalies redeemed themselves after their poor performances Saturday.

 

The Rangers got goals from Brady Skjei and Mike Zibanejad in the win. Zibanejad has been terrific thus far with at least one goal in all three games and four on the year. The line of Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich has been the Rangers best by far.

 

The Habs put two goals past Lundqvist but both were called back. Andrew Shaw kicked the puck in, in the first period and Max Pacioretty ruled to have prevented the Ranger goalie from making the save when he put in a rebound at the 8:59 mark of the first.

 

Both teams are now 1-2 as the Canadiens won their opener before dropping the pair of weekend games.

 

Montreal was 0-1 on the power play and did not get a shot on goal, while the Rangers could not score on three opportunities despite seven shots on the net.

 

Artturi Lehkonen led Montreal with six shots on goal. Rick Nash was tops on New York with five.

 

Ten Rangers were a plus-one. Jeff Petry and Karl Alzner were on the ice for both Rangers goals and were each a minus-two.



Michael Finewax is entering his 13th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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