Rangers healthy scratch Lundqvist


For the first time in his 15-year career, Henrik Lundqvist is a healthy scratch tonight for the Rangers against the Hurricanes. It was revealed by the media who cover the team before the game.

Making it more interesting is how well Lundqvist has performed against the Canes. He was a perfect 3-0 with a 2.33 GAA and. 947 save percentage. It didn’t matter. Coach David Quinn opted to go with new number one goalie Igor Shesterkin in the biggest game of the season. They trail the second wildcard Canes by six points.

It should be noted that not once did MSG mention the lineup during the pregame show. How embarrassing. They cannot ever address this story due to how they cover Lundqvist.

I know it’s tough. However, this is a major story. The Garden has become pathetic. It’s been okay for them to use Lundqvist for everything for over a decade including tickets, merchandise, etc. But god forbid the network cover such a big story on the future Hall of Famer. Not as long as Steve Valiquette is on MSG.

Obviously, with Alex Georgiev backing up Shesterkin for the first time tonight, it’s a huge story. I’ll have more on it and the game later.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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