Henrik Lundqvist’s first season-opener sporting the Blueshirt is the one season-opener the then but to be named King would spend on the bench.
It was Oct. 5, 2005, 12 years to the day earlier than the 35-yr-previous goaltender established a franchise document with each his twelfth consecutive and twelfth general opening begin Thursday on the Backyard towards Colorado.
The Rangers have been in Philadelphia on the night time the NHL re-opened for enterprise after the league’s board of governors had canceled the 2004-05 season with a purpose to get their valuable onerous wage cap and no one knew fairly what to anticipate from them.
Properly, not fairly. Everybody knew what to anticipate, and that was an eighth consecutive season out of the publish-season event, and as a backside-feeding lottery staff that may be within the operating for one of many following June’s prime draft pics.
Everybody, that’s, besides Jaromir Jagr, who on the eve of his first full season on Broadway boldly declared that the Rangers would certainly make the playoffs. His proclamation drew titters from the assembled press who accepted his announcement because the lunatic ravings of man of superior age. He was, in any case, already 33.
Kevin Weekes, signed as a free agent late in the summertime previous the season that was not performed, was the No. 1 goaltender and in nets whereas the 23-yr-previous Swedish rookie Lundqvist was on the bench because the backup.
What was it that Jagr had endorsed the press all through camp. Oh, proper; that Lundqvist, whom No. sixty eight had recognized from worldwide play, was not genuinely a rookie however a “world-class goaltender.” Positive.
And positive sufficient, after Jason Strudwick had given the Rangers a 1-zero lead within the first interval in Philadelphia, the Flyers scored three straight objectives and have been up three-1 early within the second and three-2 getting into the third interval.
And that’s when no matter had come earlier than the lockout was left behind endlessly. It was Jagr from the appropriate circle scoring the primary of what would develop into his franchise report 24 energy play objectives tying the rating at 6:28 after which it was Jagr from the fitting circle once more scoring the second of his PPG’s and of franchise document fifty four objectives general at eleven:26 for a four-three lead. What?
The Rangers left Philadelphia with a 5-three lead on their solution to a one hundred-level season and the membership’s first playoff berth since 1997. The lesson is that this: you don’t know what you don’t know till the puck is dropped.
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