Rangers head coach John Tortorella didn’t get the memo that you are supposed to play your star goalie on a Sunday afternoon national TV game.
Then again, maybe he did.
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Marty Biron started in net for the Rangers in place of defending Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist, and despite an early goal, the backup looked like a star in yesterday’s 4-1 win over Washington.
Capitals defenseman Steven Oleksy scored his first career goal 2:16 into the first period, but Biron was magnificent after that. He finished the game with 28 saves.
On the other end of the ice, it was the usual star players doing the offensive work.
Derek Stepan scored his sixth goal of the season to equalize the game at 1-1 in the first period. Brian Boyle netted his first goal of the season in what turned out to be the game-winner, but captain Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards were the other scorers. Meanwhile, Rick Nash continued his torrid play with two assists, one coming on an accidental deflection by Callahan. He now has 11 points in the last six games.
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