"I don't give a damn about Craig Anderson".
That was about as on-the-edge as annoyed coach John Tortorella got in the post-game scrum. Last year, there would have been far more invectives and probably an occasional vulgarity. Of course, if the Rangers get blown out Saturday in Minnesota, all bets are off.
After 20 games, a quarter of the season, the Rangers are 10-9-1, victims of questionable goaltending, lousy forechecking except for scattered moments and miserable defense. Thrown in 0-for-5 on the PP, and there you have it. Decked in Denver.
"We just clicked tonight," said Anderson after the Avalanche swept their two games with the Blueshirts by a total of 8-2. "Everyone was on the same page on the penalty kill. Guys were paying the price and winning the draws...The guys allowed me to see the puck and any rebounds I left they were there to clean them up."
Lundqvist, on the other hand, was dazed in the second period. After his right pad save that led to David Jones' rebound goal, he said he lost track of the puck. "I didn;t know where it went. I kind of figured it went to my right." On the second goal, he said, Kevin Porter's stick beat him to the puck for a tip that went over his goalie stick. And on the third, he said he was screened by Michael Del Zotto.
"Technically and mentally, I'm going to get better," said Lundqvist. "I'm just going to try and forget this one pretty quickly. I felt like everything went their way in the second period and that kind of killed the game."
Said Duchene: "To get it by the d-man was good," said Duchene, who had three points," and for it to have eyes to go under his arm there..