Did the Rangers really win five straight games prior to tonight? And if so, which high school JV teams did they beat?
OK, low blow. Truth is, this is exactly the sort of game you risk getting after winning five straight. Not that anyone saw anything this bad coming. But if the Rangers came into tonight even on a two-game winning streak, there’s no way they’d take their foot off the pedal in such resounding fashion.
Look on the bright side: it’s not like this game is being broadcast to millions of homes all over Canada.
Meanwhile, why did Tom Renney wait until the third period to pull Henrik Lundqvist? We’ll have to wait until the game is over for his official explanation. But I’m assuming it goes back to what happened two weeks earlier against the Islanders. If Lundqvist wanted out before then, he would have gotten it. But maybe the goaltender had something to prove about playing through adversity.
That, at least, is my semi-educated guess.
Oh well. If the Rangers were worried about what to get the Maple Leafs for Christmas, they apparently came up with something…