G Chad Johnson to Make First Start for New York Rangers

January 7th, 2010 by Frank Castaldi Leave a reply »
Chad Johnson will have a little more time to prepare this time around.

Early reports from Phillips Arena point towards rookie goalie, Chad Johnson, making his first start in goal tonight for the Rangers (21-17-5) as they visit the Atlanta Thrashers (18-18-6).

Johnson's first NHL experience was one to forget.

The 23-year-old rookie saw his first action on Dec. 30, in an embarrassing 6-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Johnson was thrust into action after Henrik Lundqvist was pulled following the first period.

There was no chance for preparation for Johnson, as just 23 seconds into his debut he faced his first NHL shot, NHL breakaway, and allowed his first NHL goal.

Simon Gagne stripped C Brandon Dubinsky and walked in uncontested on Johnson, welcoming him to the NHL.

Johnson allowed three goals on 20 shots—one coming on a 5-on-3 power play—but settled down nicely to finish the game.

"It's a tough position for a kid to come into his first game into this storm or whatever you want to call it," said coach John Tortorella.

The storm being the horrible and listless de ...

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