LOS ANGELES - The Rangers did not have any real question marks in goal after Martin Biron decided to retire at the start of the season. Cam Talbot was summoned from Hartford and went 12-6-1 whenever Henrik Lundqvist was injured or needed a break.
But the comfort level sank a bit in the last few days, when Talbot didn't practice, and Vigneault confirmed that the 6-3 netminder would not even be able to back up Lundqvist. Vigneault would not define the injury, simply calling it "day-to-day," but it is believed to be hockey-related and not something that occurred off the ice.
Talbot relieved Lundqvist in Game 5 against Montreal and backed up in Game 6 in New York. In his place was 31-year-old David LeNeveu, who played in Austria last season and appeared in 21 games for Phoenix during a career spent mostly in the AHL.
"I know from what Benny [goaltending coach Benoit Allaire] told me, he finished the season [well] in Hartford," Vigneault said. "I think he was 9-1-1. He's an experienced guy who has been practicing with our team here throughout the playoffs. He's a good goaltender."
Diaz in lineup again
Defenseman Raphael Diaz, who played in Game 6 against Montreal, dressed again in place of John Moore. It was the fourth game of the postseason for Diaz. Moore was serving the second game of his suspension for a high, late hit that concussed Montreal's Dale Weise.
Bettman: Concussions ebb
Before the game, commissioner Gary Bettman said that leaguewide, the number of concussions dropped by "low double-digits in percentage" from the last full season, and man-games lost were trimmed by half. But he did say the league had disciplined teams for failing to follow concussion protocol during the season.