New York Rangers lose to Minnesota Wild after Lundqvist’s ceremony
By Jordan Laroche
Before the game started, the New York Rangers held a jersey retirement ceremony for long-time goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist played 14 seasons for the Rangers after being drafted in the 7th round in 2000, he became the franchise leader in wins (459), playoff wins (61), shutouts (64), and games played (887). Throw in a Vezina Trophy in 2012 and five All-Star appearances you have one of the best careers for a goaltender in NHL history, congrats Henrik.
The Rangers have lost back-to-back for the fourth time this year as the team seems to have come back down to Earth. The team lost last night to the Columbus Blue Jackets in what was one of their worst games of the year, and Friday’s game against the Minnesota Wild wasn’t much better.
Like the Columbus game, the Rangers jumped out to an early two-goal lead in the first period on goals by Barclay Goodrow and Chris Kreider. Kreider extended his lead as the league leader in goals and now has 31 on the year, and his sixth in his last five games. Goodrow has also seemed to have found a permanent home on a line with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome as he continues to step his game up, scoring his third in his last five games.
The Rangers came out with a slow start in the second period and before they knew it, the game was tied at two. Ex-Ranger Mats Zuccarello would get his first two points against the Blueshirts last night, opening the scoring for the Wild. Zuccarello played nine seasons for the Rangers and was a fan favorite during his time, having him and former Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot in the building for Lundqvist’s jersey retirement made the event even more special.
The Wild would take the lead at the start of the third period, but with one second left, the Rangers thought they had tied the game but the goal would be called off for goaltender interference.
G: Barclay Goodrow (10) A: Jacob Trouba (14) Ryan Strome (24)
G: Chris Kreider (31) A: Jacob Trouba (15) Mika Zibanejad (28)
G: Kevin Fiala (12) A: Ryan Hartman (15) Jordie Benn (3)
G: Mats Zuccarello (13) A: Kirill Kaprizov (33) Matt Boldy (4)
G: Frederick Gaudreau (3) A: Kevin Fiala (19) Mats Zuccarello (27)