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Torts’ Canucks rout Vigneault’s Rangers in exhibition

Sep 27, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

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Visiting his former team in Vancouver might have been special for New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, but Thursday’s preseason game probably didn’t generate the same warm and fuzzy feelings (aside from the video tribute).

The Canucks walloped his Rangers 5-0 tonight, as Henrik Sedin scored two goals, Ryan Kesler had a tally and a helper and Alexander Edler collected three assists.

Henrik Lunqvist probably feels worse than his coach as the Swede allowed five goals on just 17 shots in two periods of play while Roberto Luongo looked awfully strong in that Canucks uniform, pitching a 40-save shutout.

Ultimately, this game will be forgotten pretty quickly, especially since these teams will meet in two regular season games. Still, Tortorella probably didn’t mind handing it to the team that fired him this past summer.

  1. badintent - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    In other news, Glenn Sather seen shooting pellets at a board with Tort’s face on it.Mayor Bloomberg stated that “he will spare no money to see that justice is served and that no guns will be allowed to be shot by Plax or Glenn”

  2. barkar942 - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Thus far, I am unimpressed with what I have been seeing from the Rangers.

    • joey4id - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Including Lunqvist’s play. He’s playing deep in his net and is getting beat a lot up top. May need to make a few adjustments to cut the angles a little more.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Get used to it. For a few more weeks anyways.

      Under AV the Canucks were notoriously slow starters, and it usually the team would either get hot come November or play lacklustre hockey until getting walloped some time in early December (usually by the Blackhawks) after which point they’d finally get it together and start reeling off wins.

      Also re: the comments below on Lundqvist getting beat up high a little too often, I think it’s pretty evident that Tortorella’s defensive strategy is extremely goaltender friendly and I’m hoping for a big year from Roberto Luongo.. Lundqvist is probably the better goaltender at this point but he’s going to have to make some big adjustments which may take time.

  3. 950003cups - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Something ain’t right over in ranger land. No way Lundqvist has that dreaded bad contract year. I know it’s preseason, but the guy plays balls-to-the-wall in a charity game if he’s suited up. I wonder if the new pads are exposing him. Or the new coach ain’t good.

    • way2slic - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Can we stop with the new pads crap. It’s garbage. His pads weren’t any bigger than any other goalie his size. He’s always given up goals up high, especially to his glove side. It’s the part of his game that takes the longest to get going and is never especially strong.

      • nebbah306 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Don’t feed the Devils troll

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Take the blinders off. All ya have to do is just compare Henry to a goalie like Quick.

        The Michelin Man looks twice the size of Quick yet he’s actually smaller in stature.

        This blog isn’t the first to bring this point up but he sums it up nicely.

        Henry’s GWAR like shoulder pads are simply comical.

        Absolutely, he was one of the goalies that forced the NHL to readjust the leniency of comfort limitations regarding pad size. He, among some others, exploited the hell out of the old pad equipment rules.

        “His pads weren’t any larger than other goalie his size” is not only laughable but patently and proven false.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        I’m also not a Devils fan, and will gladly give Henry credit on the things he does quite well. He’s one off the best position goaltenders in the league and is top 3 at reading play development. One of things that makes him excellent is he knows where the puck is coming from a second before it is even shot.

        I’m just calling a spade a spade.

        But to come on here and flat out say that his pads aren’t any bigger than another goalie his size is so beyond ridiculous that it extends to the degree of a laughter line that could stretch into a five minute and beyond clocking.

      • nebbah306 - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        idonthavethebloodyoucrave, that article is a joke, the pictures that are used as comparison are invalid because the goalies are in different stances in each picture

  4. 950003cups - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:52 AM


    Lundqvist ALWAYS plays deep in the net. That’s his style. It’s not some sort of sudden change.

  5. cruuuzcontrol - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Well, I’m officially perturbed by the Rangers getting smoked in nearly every preseason game thus far. I realize they’re missing 3 of their better top 6 forwards, but come on. It’s almost like they’re so relieved to be free of Torts’ defense-first system that they don’t want to play any defense.

  6. dipthatchip - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I definitely think that the Canucks got the better end of the deal with the coach swap. It’s probably easier to transition to an authoritative coach than a ‘players’ coach. Not to mention Luongo’s stats will most likely get a healthy bump since his team is going to collapse around him.

    I’m sure the Rangers have no idea what to do with the length of the leash AV is giving them, esp after having the piss beat out of them for several seasons with Torts.

  7. 7mantel - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I personally dont care about preseason , if it was a regular season game I’d worry !

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