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Goalie nods: Talbot in for Blueshirts, Mason starts fifth straight

Oct 29, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

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Here’s all the latest from the crease…

King Henrik dethroned, temporarily

Interesting decision out of New York on Tuesday, as the Rangers announced they’ll turn back to rookie netminder Cam Talbot in the second of back-to-back games.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was in goal for Monday’s 2-0 loss to Montreal, told the team he wanted to play tonight against the Islanders, but it appears the club is taking the cautious approach with the veteran netminder after he missed a pair of games to injury last week.

Lundqvist went 3-0-1 against the Isles last year, so rolling with Talbot — he of the two career NHL appearances — is a bit of a risky move. That said, Talbot was terrific in relief of Lundqvist over the aforementioned two-game absence, going 1-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA and .934 save percentage.

Philly keeps rolling with Mason

Remember the Flyers’ goalie timeshare? Yeah, neither do we.

Philadelphia announced that Steve Mason will start his fifth straight game on Tuesday against Anaheim, a game in which he’ll be looking for his third consecutive victory.

Mason, 25, has been a revelation for Philly this season, posting a 2.15 GAA and .930 save percentage in eight games played. His stellar netminding has all but rendered Ray Emery as a full-time backup — Emery, 31, has only appeared in two games this season and hasn’t seen game action since Oct. 12.


— Despite head coach Jack Capuano alluding to more playing time for Kevin Poulin, the Isles will start Evgeni Nabokov against the Rangers on Tuesday. Poulin got Saturday’s game against Philly — a 5-2 loss — and wasn’t great, allowing four goals on 31 shots.

— The Tampa Bay Lightning will continue to roll with Ben Bishop tonight against the Devils, to nobody’s surprise.

St. Louis will start Jaroslav Halak against the Jets on Tuesday. It will be Halak’s third straight start and ninth in 10 games this season.

  1. blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    King Henrik Dethroned ?

    Newsflash … he was ‘never’ on the throne !

    And forget this Vezina business from a couple of years ago … the ‘entire’ Rangers team was playing goal that year for Christ’s sake ! In fact, you or I could have won the Vezina Trophy for them, what with ‘5’ additional goalies constantly on the ice backing you up ! I even vaguely recall one Ranger’s game where I’d ‘swear’ that I saw several of their forwards actually wearing goalie pads ? Anyway, the bottom line is that Conn Smythe trophy winner Jonathan Quick was the undisputed and absolute ‘best’ goalie in the league back in 2011-12, leading the Kings to a ‘glorious’ SC championship. And even a blind man knows today that positively ‘nothing’ has changed since then !

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Cory Schneider
    4) Carey Price
    5) Sergei Bobrovsky

    28) Henrik Lundqvist
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Mike Smith (liar)

    source: Sports Desk @ Swedish Daily ‘Dagens Nyheter’

    • thailer35 - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Yeah, Jonathan Quick has been fantastic this year. 2.53 GAA and .907 SV%.

      Granted, I agree, King Henrik is looking less than superb, or even adequate this year.

      • stakex - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        And don’t forget that he finished with a .902 S% last year…. good enough for 38th in the NHL. I think we all know what team blomfeld cheers for, because only a Kings fan could consider Quick anything but a so-so goaltender who had one great season.

      • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        careful Stakex … you’re playing with fire

    • ibieiniid - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      your list from June:
      1) Jonathan Quick
      2) Ben Scrivens
      3) Cory Schneider
      4) Ryan Miller
      5) Carey Price

      28) Ilya Bryzgalov
      29) Miika Kiprusoff
      30) Alexander Ovechkin

      I see you and Scrivens have had a falling out, eh?

      • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        friend … please remember that back in June, I may have been caught up in the euphoria at the time of Scrivens joining our ‘glorious’ ranks, while Bernier was being given the chance to fulfill his true potential elsewhere ?

      • ibieiniid - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        lol I have a hard time believing that’s the only point in time where your goalie list may have been a bit out of whack.

        just f’in with you blomfeld. I, for one, have found the humor in your list (once you added OV).

    • 950003cups - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      You forgot to add the Mattresses he used to use as leg pads and his giant glove that was once used to catch fighter jets landing on an aircraft carrier and that chest protector from Legion Of Doom.

      New pad rules. New Lundqvist.

      Keep Cam in for a while, He’s good. The kid can play his tail off. He deserves the chance as I said yesterday.

      • stakex - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        You do know that almost all goalies in the NHL wear pads that are as big as possible right? Lundqvist is hardly the only goalie who had to reduce the size of his gear as the rules have changed.

      • 950003cups - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Yes I do know. However, Lundqvist was the only one who came out of the gate giving up touchdowns. While he’s settled in just a bit, I challenge you to look at the shot blocking that has increased as his GA’s went down.

    • magicrat13 - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      another waste of bandwidth…

      • 950003cups - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        You use that one often?

      • magicrat13 - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        nope…first time…feel free to you use it if you like…

  2. ibieiniid - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    is it really just giving Lundy an extended injury break? or is it the Rangers kicking their own club’s tires before their dreaded offseason of FAs? probably both.

  3. thailer35 - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Also, I hate that I never get to see who is starting in the Coyotes games here. Update it later in the day so some games that are happening on the West coast are included!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      if you play fantasy hockey, that site is now your best friend.

    • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      “I hate that I never get to see who is starting in the Coyotes games here” …

      it won’t make a difference Trailer … you people are gonna ‘get it’ tonight real good !

      • thailer35 - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        For once, I actually like your video selection here. Our last meeting was quite the shootout indeed! Here’s to hoping tonights game can be just as entertaining, though I am hoping for a different end result!

      • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Thailer35 – Yes friend, that sure was an OK Corral ‘styled’ shootout eh ! :) And in all seriousness, that’s the way the game ‘ought’ to be played. Nothing irks me more than all of this over-coached, techno-fueled, error free 1-0 or 2-1 crap, which is too often the norm these days. Anyway, you guys will no doubt have revenge on your minds tonight. Only problem there is that I’ve had a vision … and in my vision I see another Battle of the Little Bighorn with you guys playing the part of Custer’s 7th Cavalry ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Watch it Blomfeld! You’ll be IP banned because you make predictions.

    • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      From Arizona????? Now I get it.

      • thailer35 - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Yes, and I could out skate, shoot, hit, pass, and goaltend you anyday, child. You just keep stealing your predictions off of twitter from behind your keyboard and eventually get yourself IP banned again, and we’ll keep having actual hockey discussions.

      • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Stand down Joey !

        Arizona is ‘by far’ my favorite state in the union, Arizonans themselves are ‘good’ people all around and the Coyotes are an excellent team ! … notwithstanding the fact that they make about as much sense as some curling team from the Democratic Republic of the Congo … just kidding friends ! :)

        ps: whatever happened to our Coyote friend Proudliberal ? … PHT should put an APB out for him eh ? … maybe get some of Duke’s HPD black&white units on the trail ?

      • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Thailer35, Lol. Firstly, for you to assume you can out do me on the ice only demonstrates you’re ignorance. I’m no doubting you’re ability, but rather your intelligence. Secondly, they don’t band IP addresses for making predictions, Thirdly, assuming I use twitter for my predictions once again demonstrates your ignorance. So, thank you.

      • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Hahahahaha. One of my favorites as well. Still not sold on the worthiness of an NHL team there.

  4. 950003cups - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    King Henrik Dethroned?

    Actually he looks like he is on the throne taking a dump.

    When he commented on that goal that didn’t have any kicking motion he showed his panic. Nowhere in the rule does it say “intent to deflect” which is what happened.

    I didn’t hear him complain in Game 5 of the EC Finals when Callahan kicked in the tying goal. He had a big smile on his face for that goal. Too bad for him that smile was wiped off his face 10 minutes later.

    • magicrat13 - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      your obsession with henrik is a wee bit concerning…

  5. xdj511 - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Wow, sensationalistic nonsense. Henrik has always been a gamer and would start 82 games a year if nobody stopped him. He just sat out the last week with an undisclosed injury and the Rangers have a bunch of games this week. I don’t think any Rangers fans were expecting anything other than Talbot in goal tonight. We waived our veteran backup who was underperforming and brought the kid up because he was doing well, and he should get a chance to play.

  6. stakex - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    In his last 4 games Lundqvist has a 1.75GAA and a .914S%…. and that includes that terrible game against the Devils. I’m sure the Rangers don’t have much concern about his play, and this move is likely just to give him another day of rest.

    It is funny how the guy has a couple bad games and an injury to start the year and the haters pile on though. Dude has five Vezina nominations in his first eight seasons (including the last two years)… pretty sure that speaks for itself.

    • 950003cups - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Start comparing the shot blocking stats when he gives up 2 or less goals vs 3+ goals. You wont see many, if any, 2 goal games where the shot blocking is average. You’ll see that he’s completely reliant on shot blocking.

      I’m not even talking about past games. I’m saying to look going forward. You’ll be surprised.

    • blomfeld - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      yeah ? … and it’s ‘funny’ how you haters always start piling on my hero Quick whenever he happens to have an off night … it just isn’t fair man ! 😦

      • Windmiller4 - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Im a huge quick fan, but ill be the first to admit that he’s not good in the regular season. He’s a pressure goalie, playoffs are his thing. Those off nights seem to happen quite a bit more regularly now, sad to say but it is true. And, hes in the NHL, the last thing he needs is some keyboard warrior coming to his defense when he has an off night

      • blomfeld - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        Listen pal …
        all it takes is for me to stop moving here, swing my 88 into position, take aim and then ‘Kaboom’ … your spineless windmill ceases to exist !

  7. multiplemiggs - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I cant wait till july 5th when I see all the crying rags fans as self proclaimed king jets out of town hahaah

  8. DED - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    I never like goalies playing back-to-back games so I think the rest is a good idea, especially coming off the vague injury.

    And hurry for Philly fans! They’ve got some solid goaltending from Mason. And now with Lecavalier back in the lineup, it looks like they’ve got some offense too. If Giroux can find the back of the net too then they should be able to climb back to respectability.

  9. sportsfan69 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:27 PM


    I concur! Lundqvist is OVERRATED. He sucks!

  10. sportsfan69 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Bye the way Heir Blomfeld, Hello! from Colonel Hessler

    • blomfeld - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Thank God you’re still here friend ! … for a time there, I thought I was truly all alone …

      1) Jonathan Quick
      2) Henrik Lundqvist
      3) Jonathan Bernier
      4) Corey Schneider
      5) Carey Price

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