None of this is what Henrik Lundqvist expected.

The Rangers franchise goaltender was preparing to sit this one out a Saturday night at the Scottrade Center when he would be allowed to clear his head and watch backup Martin Biron carry the load.

Yet by the start of the third period with the Rangers already down 4-2 Lundqvist was called to duty and there was little he could do en route to a 5-3 loss.

“For me when you come in like that you try just to battle” said Lundqvist who gave up one goal on 17 shots while Biron gave up four on the same 17. “What can I say? It was an awful trip for us and we just have to try and stay positive.”

Lundqvist has had one of the worst weeks of his eight-year career playing the majority of the two previous games when the team was outscored by the Sharks and Ducks by a combined score of 15-2.

Coach Alain Vigneault was hoping to be able to lean on Biron in this Olympic season with many back-to-back games. Asked if his confidence in Biron was shaken the coach was rather dismissive.

“That’s a good question” said Vigneault whose team next plays in Washington against the Capitals on Wednesday. “I want to take a look at the tape here and analyze the game and we’re going to shift our focus to Washington. Those are questions that are going to get answered as we go forward.”

No matter how they move forward Lundqvist knows stretches like this happen and need to be endured.