NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Rangers are leading the Eastern Conference final 2-0 thanks in large part to the brilliant play of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Yes, the offense has gotten going against the Canadiens. But New York’s netminder has been nothing short of spectacular as the series heads back to Madison Square Garden.
How good has the King been? In the Game 1 victory on Saturday at Bell Centre, the former Vezina Trophy winner surrendered two goals and made 20 saves.
In Game 2 on Monday, Lundqvist allowed just one goal and stopped 40 shots.
“You know what? The reason why we lost the game tonight was Lundqvist,” Canadiens coach Michel
Therrien told reporters after Game 2. “Lundqvist was phenomenal. Phenomenal. Stole the game.”
Star defenseman P.K. Subban was more reluctant to offer praise.
“Sometimes the puck just doesn’t go in,” Subban said, according to the Toronto Star. “In the past, we’ve done those same things and the puck’s gone in. So, I mean, is he playing well? Yeah, but we’re doing a good job. Some of it is luck, as well. He’s getting a little bit lucky, but that’s what you need in the playoffs.”
Lucky or not, Lundqvist has a .953 save percentage through the series’ first two games. And now the Blueshirts have the opportunity to advance to the Stanley Cup Final at home if they can keep up the momentum and win the next two at MSG.
The puck will drop for Game 3 on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
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