The biggest news from practice today was that Henrik Lundqvist (shoulder) participated in full and said this about his status for Game 3 (via Bergen Record)…
“I landed on the ice awkwardly and hurt it a little bit. It’s under control. Everybody’s sore. It’s the playoffs. You can’t sit out (because) it’s hurting a little bit. it happens and you just have to make sure you do the right things to keep it good.”
…and that sound you hear is the collective sigh of relief from every Rangers fan.
…even an injured Lundqvist is better than 3/4 of the goaltenders in the league, so this is great news.
Also on the injury front Marc Staal (eye) and Darroll Powe (concussion) skated with the taxi squad after practice.
…Torts went with the panic move of going to Staal after getting down 0-2 to the Caps, but I don't seeing him going back to that well this time around.
In another piece of good news, the woefully inept defensive pairing of Dan Girardi and Michael Del Zotto were split up during practice today as Girardi was back on the top duo with Ryan McDonagh.
…if this move surprises anyone, you didn't watch the game yesterday.
Meanwhile, Carl Hagelin responded to John Tortorella assertion that he stinks on the power play…
“For me, I definitely don’t think I stink on the power play. That’s the only comment I have on the PP.”
…doesn't sound like a player who was exactly excited to hear his coach call him out.
…Hagelin makes things happen with his speed, so, despite Torts' comments, I think Hagelin should be given a legit chance on the power play in Game 3.
Speaking of Torts'comments, sounds like he's still pretty optimistic despite being down 0-2 to the Bruins (via Bergen Record)…
"I thought we played a much better game (than Game 1) in the second game. I’m very optimistic as far as where we’re going as a team."
While this comment might sound asinine or borderline crazy, I take you back two weeks ago when the Rangers were down 0-2 to the Capitals and Torts said this….
“I think we’re close, I’ll put it to you that way. But it means squat if you don’t win. I think [the games have] been a hell of a lot more even than a lot of other people think."
…maybe this Torts guy does know what he's talking about.
Although, I hope no one showed the Rangers head coach this stat after practice today…
#NYR According to Elias Sports Bureau, no NHL team has overcome 2-0 deficits to win consecutive best-of-seven series in one playoff year
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 20, 2013
…i guess there's a first time for everything. Right?
…according to TheNYRBlog's James Wrabel, the Bruins are 21-7 all time when leading a playoff series 2-0. Not completely dominating but .750 winning percentage is still pretty damn good.