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If you knew going into this game that Lundqvist would give up 3 goals on 8 shots in the 1st period and that he would get the hook, what odds would you give the Rangers for winning the game? 10 to 1? 100 to 1?

More on this game coming later.

And here it is!

Both teams played pretty sloppy games that went great with the extremely inconsistent officiating. As Marc wrote above, Lundqvist was pulled after the 1st period after giving up 3 goals on 8 shots. Valiquette came to the rescue, giving up just one goal in the last 2 periods and making 2 saves in the shootout to get the Rangers the win.

Christian Backman added 4 more penalty minutes to his Rangers career and some boos were audible from the crowd. Backman scored a goal to make it 4-3 Rangers just 1:51 into the second period. Backman played pretty well from then on and was not called for a penalty for the rest of the game. Maybe that goal got the rust off?

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From Newsday:

“Sean Avery broke his three-week media blackout Monday, long enough to tell reporters after Rangers practice that he had broken off contract talks with the Rangers and that he seemed resigned to the fact that he’ll be playing elsewhere next season.”

Sean Avery turned down the Rangers offer of $2.5 million/season saying that he wants $4.5 million/season.

What an ass.

-Eric

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