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Auld to make first start for Rangers against Capitals

Mar 6, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

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Here’s a pretty crazy scenario.

Alex Auld was the Dallas Stars
backup all season, until the team traded for Kari Lehtonen. To give an
Auld the chance to play elsewhere this season (and free up salary) the
Stars waived him, and he was eventually picked up by the New York
Rangers on re-entry waivers. Lehtonen got his first start with his new
team earlier today against the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Auld will make
his first start with the Rangers tonight against the Washington
Capitals.

So two goaltenders, one replacing the other on the
Dallas Stars, both make debuts in their new home against one of the top
two teams in the Eastern Conference. On the same day.

Now it’s
not the most unlikely of scenarios to come across, but it’s still
fascinating. Let’s just hope that Auld has a better debut than Lehtonen,
who allowed six goals to the Penguins earlier this afternoon. Of
course, the situations are a bit different — Auld has been playing all
season long, while Lehtonen made his first start in the NHL in nearly a
year.

Auld was 9-6-3 with the Stars, posting a 3.00 goals-against
average with a .894 save percentage.

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