Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Rangers Honor Graves with Banner Raising but not with Win
On a very special night at the world's most famous arena, Adam Graves, a legendary Ranger had his number put up in the rafters. (See my post below)
Unfortunately, the Rangers were unable to defeat the Atlanta Thrashers who are currently dead last in the Southeast division and almost dead last in the Eastern Conference sitting atop a team we all know as the New York Islanders.
This was a great game for the most part.... greater than it should have been. There was no score have the first 2 periods as Lehtonen and Lundqvist were fantastic.
It was not too deep in the period before Joseph Motzko gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead.
And hey you remember that whole Kovalchuck debate a little while back? Well you can click here for the refresher. This was the original Kovalchuck post and the most recent post not written by me. I responded to the post here.
Anyway, with just under a minute left and Lundqvist sitting on the bench Kovalchuck and some room up the right wing. From the blue line he took a shot at the open net to seal the deal. But guess what? The choker missed! So do we know who was right in that Kovalchuck debate above?
So then because of the miss, the Rangers still had a chance and they took full advantage. With 6 skaters on, Markus Naslund received a beautiful pass in the high slot and it went right past Lehtonen.
The game was sent to overtime where after some tough 4 on 4 hockey the game remained time.
So it was shootout time but the Rangers failed to win.
The conclusion? Lundqvist is not the same. He gave up 6 goals in the All-Star game. He gave up 6 goals shortly after against the Penguins. And now in the shootout where we have seen Lundqvist be one of the best, he allowed 2 goals on 3 shots.
Poor job by the Rangers, poor job by Lundqvist.
Not good..... not good.
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