The New York Rangers avenged a home loss by running up a 7-2 score on the Vancouver Canucks, who have lost 11 of their last 13 games.
The Vancouver Canucks were tempting fate when they completed their fourth comeback win of the season.
It turns out fate was paying attention. So were the New York Rangers.
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Just seven days ago, the Canucks beat these Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist, who was forced into the game and surrendered two goals on six shots, was not pleased.
This time, “the King” got to start and finish the game. For the first 18 minutes, he was the best player on the ice. Vancouver had jump to start the game but — stop me if you’ve heard this before — couldn’t finish their chances to score.
J.T. Miller opened the scoring for the Rangers late in the first. After that, New York’s offense took over and filled the Vancouver net.
Markstrom Takes the Fall
In his postgame interview, goaltender Jacob Markstrom knew exactly where to file his performance. That would be under N for “not good”:
Markstrom took all the blame post game: "I was not good tonight…I'd like 5 of the 7 back…". #Canucks
Back when the Canucks were shut out four times in six games, all the stories were about the lack of offense. Vancouver paid little attention to how good their goalies were, or how much worse the team could look whenever their puckstopper had an off night.
Well, now we know.
Markstrom is, unfortunately, dead right in his self-criticism. He did have some moments of brilliance, but they were too quickly overshadowed by some miscues.
And like the team in front of him, he got worse as the night went on.
This second one was tough, but in Markstrom’s defense, it was a well-placed shot by Kevin Hayes. Additionally, Markstrom was forced to stay deep because Hayes had so many passing options. Without being able to cut down the angle, the puck squeaked through: