sat down exchanged emails yesterday with Kevin Power of Blueshirt Banter and we talked a bit about how the series was going and expectations for the rest of the series. Here's what he had to say:
1. Henrik Lundqvist gave up 5 goals against boston for the first time ever. His previous high was 3. He hasn't given up 5 goals in a game in a long, long time. He mentioned he had to get his shoulder looked at after Sunday's game. How bad would it be for the Rangers if he's hurt?
If Lundqvist were hurt in any way that prevented him from starting then the Rangers are done. Hank has let in a couple of softies, at least in my opinion, this series but his defense has been porous at best. I wouldn't be shocked if he's got something nagging him that requires some off season surgery.
2. Ryan Callahan made Brad Marchand and Dougie Hamilton and Tuukka Rask all look silly on Sunday with his goal. If he were playing for Team USA, would they have beaten Switzerland in the World Championships semifinals?
Ah, Captain America. If he were playing for Team USA they would've beaten the Swiss, claimed Gold and find a way to run the Large Hadron Collider without destroying the universe. Although, I think its better that he's playing for a silver cup and not a gold medal.
3. The Rangers are down 2-0 but they say you're not really in trouble until you lose at home. Do you think Torts turns things around with last change?
Unless Torts has some magical potion that fixes Marc Staal's vision and whatever it is that's afflicting Ryane Clowe (10 to 1 odds say its a concussion), then no, I don't think things will "turn around". The defense and Lundqvist will play better and the Power Play will still be a worse viewing experience than M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening but the Rangers 5 on 5 offense has been pretty good thus far so that should get them at least a split at home.
Thanks again to Kevin for taking the time to answer my questions!