Antti Raanta's shutout streak has finally came to an end Tuesday thanks to a goal by Hawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk in second period.
Henrik Lundqvist sat for a fourth consecutive game when healthy for the first time in his career, Alain Vigneault explaining Tuesday morning that, “it’s as simple as (Raanta) deserves to play.”
Do you think the loss provided enough reasons for Vigneault to potentially bring back Lundqvist on Thursday in Dallas, or will he see Raanta's dominance and use him again?
Lundqvist is 12-8-1 with a .912 save percentage and 2.55 GAA in 21 appearances (20 starts) this season.
"It's pretty special when you can rob games from Hank," Raanta said. "But that's the main thing always — the backup always tries to be there when he gets the chance to play and he tries to prove to everyone he can do the job. It has been great to get this many games in a row, but I feel like everybody knows who the No. 1 guy here still is."
Vigneault said before the game he’s been in constant communication with Lundqvist and brought up how Cam Talbot starting three straight games for Lundqvist in December of 2013 was an afterthought later in the season when the Rangers went to the Stanley Cup Final.
“Hank is all about the team and he’s with Antti right now and how he’s playing,” Vigneault said. “He’s been in this game a long time. My first year this sort of happened in December; he went three games without playing. When we were making that playoff push to the finals, I don’t remember anybody bringing up the fact that Hank had missed three games in December.”
The Rangers outshot Chicago (19-8-4) 34-26 in the game and 27-15 over the final two periods. The Rangers hadn't allowed a goal since second period Dec. 8, keeping the opponents from scoring for almost nine periods. TVR ends Raanta's shutuout streak at 176.22.
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