Tag: Martin Biron


Can Rangers coach trust backup Biron? ‘It’s a good question’


Despite being a starting goalie many moons ago in Philadelphia, Martin Biron seems very comfortable in his role as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup. Still, after a rough Saturday performance, New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault admitted that the Rangers might not be so comfortable about Biron to the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross.

Biron, 36, was probably the goat in the Rangers’ 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

New York carried the play through two periods, especially in the middle frame, out-shooting St. Louis 13-5. Instead of that giving the Rangers the advantage, Biron allowed three goals on those five shots.

Judge his culpability regarding that trio for yourself:

Biron allowed four goals on 17 shots before giving way to Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 16 of 17 shots as the Blues erupted in the third period.

(At least Lundqvist said that sharp work made him feel a little better.)

The Rangers’ next game doesn’t come until they visit the Capitals on Wednesday, so the Rangers could ponder the backup question for a few days. Biron isn’t cheap for a No. 2, either, as he’ll make $1.3 million in the final year of his deal.

Blues set franchise-record start at Rangers’ expense


The St. Louis Blues set a franchise record by winning their fourth consecutive game to start a season, handing the New York Rangers their third straight loss in the process by a score of 5-3.

Jaroslav Halak weathered an early Rangers storm, stopping 22 out of 24 shots in the first two periods of the game. The Rangers scored one more goal in the third period, but only fired five more shots on goal.

The Blues’ deep offense showed up once more, as Alex Steen had four points, David Backes collected three and Kevin Shattenkirk, Derek Roy and T.J. Oshie produced two points apiece.

Moral victories for the Rangers

At 1-4-0 with a three-game losing streak, the Rangers probably don’t want to hear about silver linings, but their fans might.

As mentioned before, New York at least went all-out in those first two periods.

Martin Biron faltered, opening the door for Henrik Lundqvist to build his confidence back up a bit in relief during the third period. The Blues really poured it on with 17 shots in the final frame, but Lundqvist only allowed one goal.

The Blueshirts get a little time to gather themselves, as they don’t play again until they visit the also-struggling Capitals in Washington on Wednesday.

The real bright spot might be that the Rangers only have four more away games left until they finally play their home-opener, though.

TGIF: Five NHL games to watch this weekend


Saturday: Philadelphia at Detroit (7 p.m. ET)

A win was a win Tuesday over Florida, but Philly didn’t exactly look fantastic against the Panthers. Claude Giroux still doesn’t have a point. Ditto for Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell. If not for Steve Mason, Craig Berube’s head-coaching debut may not have ended so well. As for the Wings, they’ve dropped two straight since opening with a pair of wins, and head coach Mike Babcock was fuming after Thursday’s home loss to Phoenix.

Saturday: Colorado at Washington (7 p.m. ET)

If you haven’t seen the undefeated Avalanche play this season, make an effort to catch this one. Not only does new coach Patrick Roy have his young forwards showing off their speed and skill, the Avs’ goaltenders have combined to allow just three goals in their first four games. Semyon Varlamov should get the start against his old team after Jean-Sebastien Giguere shut out the Bruins on Thursday. On the other side of the ledger, with just one victory in their first four games, the Caps could really use a win here. And if somebody besides Alex Ovechkin would like to score for them, we bet Adam Oates would be most appreciative.

Saturday: Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (7 p.m. ET)

No shortage of star power in this matchup. Not that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have needed to be dominant in the Pens’ first three games. Not with Marc-Andre Fleury providing all his doubters with something to think about. The 28-year-old starter has allowed just three goals in three starts and boasts a save percentage of .963. But Tampa Bay is playing pretty well, too. The Lightning blew away the Panthers, 7-2, on Thursday, with Steven Stamkos notching a hat trick.

Saturday: NY Rangers at St. Louis (8 p.m. ET)

If only to see if the Rangers can pull out of their death spiral against one of the best teams in the NHL. Alain Vigneault’s club has lost two straight shockers, 9-2 to San Jose and 6-0 to Anaheim. Meanwhile, the Blues are a perfect 3-0-0, including Wednesday’s 3-2 last-minute win over the defending champs from Chicago. Good luck, Martin Biron.

Sunday: Ottawa at Anaheim (8 p.m. ET)

Bobby Ryan returns to The Pond. That should be interesting. But more importantly, it’s Throwback Night! The Ducks will be celebrating their 20th anniversary season by wearing their retro purple jerseys and inviting old members of the original 1993-94 team to partake in festivities throughout the game. We hear Bob Corkum will be shot out of a cannon in the second intermission.

Biron to start over Lundqvist Saturday


Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers are off to a putrid start, so Alain Vigneault is going with Martin Biron in net against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Newsday’s Steve Zipay reports.

Lundqvist, 31, admitted that his confidence was shaken after allowing six goals against the Anaheim Ducks in Thursday’s embarrassing loss.

“I don’t have an explanation. You try just to battle,” Lundqvist said. “I can only speak for myself. You try to stay confident. but that’s really tough in a game like this, a situation like this. I have to better, we have to be better. Let’s not point any fingers; we all have to step up.”

Rangers GM Glen Sather said he expected the team to face growing pains, just not to these proportions (1-3-0 record with six goals scored, a league-high 20 allowed).

“I expected some but I didn’t think it would be this bad,” Sather said. “Some guys are struggling; we’ll get better.”

Considering Lundqvist’s rough start (.879 save percentage, 4.31 GAA), it might be better for everyone if he takes a little breather. The Rangers enjoy what might be a helpful gap between tomorrow’s game in St. Louis and Wednesday’s trip to face the also-struggling Washington Capitals.

Besides, the Blues haven’t been very kind to goalies lately, anyway.

Hedberg released from Rangers


Veteran goalie Johan Hedberg has been released from the New York Rangers, according to multiple reports.

Hedberg was with the Rangers on a professional tryout, and head coach Alain Vigneault did say last week there was a competition for the back-up spot (behind Henrik Lundqvist) between Hedberg and incumbent Martin Biron.

Grabbing that No. 2 role was always going to be a challenge for Hedberg, though. Not only is he 40 years old and coming off a tough season with the Devils, Biron has one season left on his contract, at a cap hit of $1.3 million.

Related: ‘Focused’ Biron returns to Rangers camp after two-day absence