The Rangers really didn’t win a game 4-3 in OT. I know that’s what the final score shows, but really, the Rangers dominated this game and…and still should have lost in regulation.
Why? Martin Biron was not good at all. In fact, I’d go as far as to say this is the wost goaltending performance we’ve seen all season. Rangers allowed a season low shot total of like 17 or something, but Biron gave up 3 goals. But it’s not even about the 3 goals he gave up. It’s about the several, at least 3, huge, gaping, wide open nets that the Lightning had to shoot at, only to miss or hit the post. Martin St. Louis shot one wide. Shannon (I believe) just whiffed on the puck, and another Lightning player, I can’t remember who, hit the post with the entire net to shoot at.
Biron was extremely fortunate to get the W tonight. In fact, this is now 4 out of 5 games where Biron has been terrible, and yet has collected 7 out of 10 points. This is because of the team in front of him, bailing him out, the same way another goalie with the same first name has made himself a hall of fame career. His save percentage in those 4 games? .867. This is despite facing a total of 90 shots in those 4 games, or about 22.5 shots per game. The Rangers are playing outstanding in front of Biron. Biron is playing terrible in net. He also had a shutout against the Leafs, but the Rangers played a lockdown game in that one as well, giving up only 20 shots on goal, none of them particularly difficult to stop.
Biron was pretty good earlier in the season. Making some key saves, and being very good and square to the shooters. He was making the stops he should, and making a few he shouldn’t. Right now he’s getting incredibly lucky on some shots, and he’s not stopping all the shots he should. This has the makings for Henrik Lundqvist getting ridden pretty hard down the stretch if Biron doesn’t pick up his play.
Oh, did I mention the Rangers somehow still won? Doesn’t hurt when 3 guys who haven’t been putting up the type of numbers expected of them play key roles in the game. Artem Anisimov had an outstanding game, possibly the player of the game. Brad Richards scores the winning goal, and Brian Boyle scores the game tying goal. Glad to see some of the players start to waken up aye?
OK, that’s all for now. Busy week for the Blueshirts coming up!