“I think this year, I think that we’ve been able to roll well,” said Biron, who’s in the second season of a two-year, $1.75 million contract. “Henrik and I now having played a whole year together, get to know one another better, get to know how we react to certain situations, how to help one another better. It’s been really good. The first season was beneficial to our second year right now.”
“The adjustment is not so much in the games as in the practice where your practices are your preparation for games,” Biron said. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve played a game that week coming up, or if you haven’t played for three weeks. Your preparation is not going to come through the games that you’ve played in; it comes from practice.”
Giving Biron more action was a plan Tortorella and the Rangers wanted last season. Then Biron suffered a fractured collarbone, forcing Lunqdvist to play every game the final 2 ½ months of the season. The Caps beat New York in five games in the first round of the playoffs.
“It didn’t work out,” Lundqvist admitted.
“Maybe he isn’t as sharp as he is in certain situations of the game because he’s just not fresh enough because he’s played too many games at a certain time,” Tortorella said. “There’s no scientific dead-on answer, but I just feel this is the proper thing to do with our goaltenders and for our team to try to project it to the big picture.”
The Rangers want that big picture to include the Stanley Cup.