In what was an otherwise encouraging win last night came the wacky adventures of Christian Backman, who collected six minutes in penalties and who often looked out of sorts.
Put it this way: “the News compared him to Sandis Ozolinsh”:http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2008/02/29/2008-02-29_shanahan_helps_rangers_remain_hot.html, which unless this is the late ’90s, isn’t exactly a compliment.
So, no, not a good showing for one half of the new Swedish duo — Fredrik Sjostrom was solid in a limited role — but before you start constructing your own personal Christian Backman voodoo dolls, cut the guy some slack. This was his first game on a new team, and if anything, he may have been guilty of trying to do too much. That’s at least preferable to the alternative.
The question for Sunday is if he can avoid turning this into a trend.