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Lundqvist hooked after three first-period goals as Rangers’ woes continue

Dec 12, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

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It’s getting ugly in New York.

The Rangers — already off to a disastrous 0-3 start to their record-long nine-game homestand — surrendered three goals in the opening 12 minutes of tonight’s game vs. Columbus, forcing Alain Vigneault to yank Henrik Lundqvist in favor of Cam Talbot.

What’s more, the MSG faithful cheered Talbot upon his entrance to the game.

New York was remarkably flat to start the contest, a stunning development given it has just one point from its last three games. Matt Calvert scored his fourth goal of the year just 38 seconds in, followed by Artem Anisimov‘s eighth of the year at 8:46 — in his first game back at Madison Square Garden.

At the 11:10 mark, David Savard fired home his first of the year and Columbus’ third of the period, which led to Vigneault giving Lundqvist the hook.

The switch to Talbot did give the Rangers a lift. Dominic Moore scored on the power play with just under six minutes remaining in the frame, cutting the Blue Jackets lead to 3-1.

Related: Lundqvist: ‘It can only go up’ for Rangers

  1. bleedrangerblue - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Hard times being a Ranger fan. LGR!!

  2. bleedrangerblue - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Boyle couldn’t score in a soccer net.

  3. bleedrangerblue - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Boyle couldn’t score in a soccer net.

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      We heard you the first time. :)

  4. murtdurt - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Whuuaat woaaaa 😱

  5. charlieconway96 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    There were some pretty bad defensive errors that led to those goals, definitely wouldn’t put the blame entirely on his shoulders.

    • bronxtale247 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Like Macllrath selling out for a hit. Smh

  6. bleedrangerblue - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Where the hell is the desire to win here? This Ranger team sucks right now.

  7. sportsfan69 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Keep him in, there paying him 8.5 million. Make him earn it. He’s apparently the best goaltender in the league? This way Lundqvist has no excuses.

  8. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I tried trading Lundqvist from my fantasy team two days ago for Ryan Johansson. I was denied in less than 5 minutes. Tough, tough times. Mind you, I never wanted to draft him in the first place, but he was still sitting there in the late rounds, and I said, “eh, I mean, he can’t be worse Steve Mason, right?”.

    • shortsxit34 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      You’re forgetting, apparently Mason is as good as Price now…

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        Well considering I picked up Mason on waivers as well and ended up having to drop him after a few rough games, I’d say its been a lose-lose. My new rule is ‘pick whoever the new goalie for the Kings is’. Its working alright. As long as they have 14 other goalies stashed for the year I should be set.

      • shortsxit34 - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Yeah, the Kings tendies are so stacked it’s ridiculous. And apparently a lot of people missed Mason’s agent in the press.

  9. slaugin - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    My buddy is a lifelong diehard Rangers fan, he lets me know regularly how overrated Lundquist is. So I ask is this just him or do other New Yorkers feel this way.

  10. pone27 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I think your buddy needs to re-check himself.

    I am no Ranger fan (Hawks) but I live in NY (born and raised), and watch the Rangers on a regular basis for many years now.

    Lundy is not overrated by any stretch. He is easily a top 3 (IMO the best) goaltender in the league. He is the sole reason the Rangers were a playoff contending team for years until this year.

    AV’s system is not going to help Lundy’s numbers. He runs an offensive style of play. You go from Torts system to AV’s system, especially with not the offensive tools that you have in Vancouver, and everyone will suffer. This is logic, not about Lundy being a bust.


  11. sportsfan69 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I’m a diehard NYR fan. He’s overrated. He’s a media darling. He gets a free pass ALL the time. He didn’t deserve the Vezna trophy in 2011.

  12. crazemastercraze - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    At least Rangers fans are realistic. They can see right in front of their faces how bad their team is. Flyers fans think they’re a game away from the finals.

  13. slaugin - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Haha.. You would get along with my buddy just fine sportsfan. Add he was a product of the system and I’d think he was you

  14. muckleflugga - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:39 PM


    your post is beyond comprehension…

    is this the sort of short-hand nonsense pimple ranchers with the attention span of gnats drool over…

    what happened to literacy, ability to establish a point addressing the article in hand, point counter point…

    the sort of thing people possessed of reason and intelligence rather than simple ability to turn on some electronic contraption bought with another man’s labour

    tweeter mentality gone full twat

  15. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Ranger fans …

    please know friends that we’re here for you during this dark hour …

    Our Father who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come.
    Thy will be done
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us,
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
    for thine is the kingdom, the power and glory,
    forever and ever … amen

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      I can see why you might of had trouble finding a music video for that one.

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Good one, peterjohnjoseph!

  16. muckleflugga - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    blomfeld, on behalf of ranger fans who deserve better

    say goodbye to all my sorrows
    and by tomorrow i’ll be on my way
    i guess the lord must be in new york city…

    i’m so tired of getting nowhere
    seein’ my prayers gone unanswered
    i guess the lord must be in new york city…

    well here i am lord, knocking on your back door
    ain’t it wonderful to be, where I’ve always wanted to be
    for the first time i’ll be free here in new york city…

  17. sportsfan69 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Heir Blomfeld,

    Thank you for the urology. It’s going to be 4-5 years, before the NY Rangers become a serious contender again. Bye the J.Quick should have won the vezsna in 2011. He won the Cup, Lundqvist didn’t even make it to the finals.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Agreed. Quick was indeed robbed of the Vezina. Quick didn’t have 5 other goalies infront of him nor was he dressed like the Legion of Doom. Quick was the only reason that team even made the playoffs that year. Their scoring and defense was so inconsistent and left Quick very little room for error the whole season. He carried them for a majority of the season and was brilliant in the playoffs.

    • blomfeld - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM


      Blomfeld: hey man, I swear I wasn’t trying to piss on the Rangers !

      Person A: I know … I think he meant to say ‘eulogy’ ?

      Blomfeld: yeah, I think you’re right man ?

      Person B: good on ’em for mentioning Quick being denied the Vezina back in 2012 eh ?

      Person A: yes, pretty commendable … especially considering that they’re Ranger fans …

      Blomfeld: I know Sportsfan and he’s good people … the Blood guy probably is to ?


      Comrade Sportsfan69 …
      great to hear from you friend ! … with your Rangers I wouldn’t get too down on things … Lundqvist is one of the best in the game today and you’ve got Rick Nash and others … no, what I think you guys need to do is to have a managerial ‘house-cleaning’ including the likes of Sather, AV and anyone else connected to the Torts firing … “off with their heads ! … the lot of ’em !” … :) … be good friend, Blomfeld

      • sportsfan69 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Thank conrade! Gutten dah! Always good to hear from you.

  18. sportsfan69 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Behind closed doors, Rangers Upper Management is getting their a$$ chewed out for their recent failures.

  19. 2qswing - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    under Torts the rangers struggled to score and basically had 6 goaltenders on the ice at all times. Made lundqvist life a lot easier his numbers were there. Now they still cant score and the king is left on his own much more under AV system. He is still one of the best though so those writing off the Rangers are foolish.

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