Playing it day by day with the goaltending situation had been easy for rookie Rangers coach David Quinn. All he pretty much had to do was run Henrik Lundqvist out there and watch him keep the team in games, if not downright win them himself.
Well, no more.
Quinn learned a hard lesson Wednesday night in the Garden, when he sent Lundqvist out for his third straight start and his 30th in the opening 39 games of the season. The 36-year-old Lundqvist called it “probably my worst game” and was pulled 4:40 into the third period after allowing six goals on 18 shots in a game the Rangers lost to the Penguins, 7-2.
Quinn hopped on the sword after, saying that playing Lundqvist “was a huge mistake on my part.” Now, Quinn has to figure out how to manage this situation better as travel picks up in tandem with a difficult schedule.
After stating the obvious Thursday — backup Alex Georgiev will start Friday night against the Avalanche in the first game of a three-game trip — Quinn was asked if he thinks he needs to change how he evaluates his goaltending situation.