The competitor in Henrik Lundqvist isn't happy.
"I don’t want to be selfish. It’s about the team. Marty played well the other night. We won and I think I can be more consistent. But yeah, I want to play, I love to play, but at the same time, we have two guys here, as I said before the season, I have to earn my minutes."
Lundqvist was leaky at critical junctures against Boston and Colorado, prompting coach John Tortorella to turn to backup Martin Biron for the seventh time tonight in Calgary.
"It’s easier knowing we got a couple wins here and there," said Lundqvist, who had started 19 of the first 22 last season. "I think my game is right there, I just need to be a little more consistent. It’s more about making better decisions, it all starts in your head. I had a pretty good game in Pittsburgh but your technique doesn’t go away just like that. As a goalie, if you make two bad decisions, you have two bad goals. That’s the thing, you always have to play perfect to have a good solid game and minimize your technical mistakes. You try to see everything in a positive way. No matter how it goes, you try to angle it to yourself. I see this as a good time to work on my game and get ready for the next chance." Tortorella said that will be Wednesday in Tampa.
"I've had nothing but a great relationship and partnership with Hank from the first day that he was here," said Biron. "We hit it off right away. This is only going to make both of us to be better, stronger. We’re going to need everybody pulling their weight to go in the direction we want to, sometimes things like that are going to happen."
Biron, who has been very sharp, allowing two goals or less in five of six starts, said "when Hank was sick I got a chance to play a couple more games than I was scheduled to, and they were good games and you start to feel really good about yourself. The key for me this year is how I put in the work during practice... I felt pretty good entering that (Minnesota) game. Right now we’re trying to get something going. It’s everybody’s job to get the work done, doesn’t matter whether you’re a first line guy or a fourth line guy. A lot of guys have responded."
At 4-5-1, we have to play better at home," Biron agreed. "Our key times of games when we have to step it up have to be there, teams are all geared up to come play in New York. You have to expect other teams to play their best. We’ve had our fair share of misfortune there. That has to be our focal point here before we return on the road. A good start for us is how we feel in warmup, how we feel in the locker room....Teams that get the lead, team that score first have much better chance to come out on top, we understand. Sometime you learn lessons in games like Colorado, we had a good first period, then (allowed four goals in the second)."
Calgary lost to Detroit in OT last night. Biron is 3-3 with a 2.41 GAA lifetime agaist the Flames...
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