Chad Johnson will have a little more time to prepare this time around.
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 defensive effort the Rangers put out that night.
Johnson felt the 40 minutes he played that night gave him experience for an in-game NHL situation. His biggest adjustment would be seeing the players' shots.
Before being called up by the Rangers, Johnson posted a 12-7-2 record for the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL.
Prior to his promotion, he was the No. 5 overall goaltender in the AHL with a 2.07 GAA and .927 SV%.
Tonight would have marked Lundqvist's 18th consecutive start.
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