Rangers coach John Tortorella doesn't want to call Marty Biron his backup goaltender but the facts are the facts. Henrik Lundqvist is the king in New York and the 34-year-old Biron, the longtime former Sabre, will be making just his seventh appearance and sixth start of the season tonight against the Sabres in First Niagara Center.
"He's played really well and he's going to play some games," Tortorella said today. "The greatest thing about Marty is he's such a great teammate. He keeps the room loose and he's a veteran guy who understands his role, which is very important. And he's won games. Look at his record since he's been with us. ... Everything about him has been good for this organization. His personality, being a teammate and how he's played on the ice."
Biron is 4-1 with this year with a 1.94 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. And against the Sabres since leaving in 2007, he's 8-3-1, 2.82, .917 with two shutouts.
Biron's career began way back on Dec. 26, 1995 in Pittsburgh as an 18-year-old with the Sabres. He's fourth on the team's all-time win list with 134, fourth in games (300) and third in shutouts (18).
Biron was his usual chatty, happy-go-lucky self today when he met with the media.
Click below to hear Biron talk about life with the Rangers, playing a depleted Buffalo team, the new visiting locker room, even going to dinner last night at Chef's. That's what it's like with him. From topic to topic.