Like fire and ice, Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Lundqvist are two forces of nature colliding in an Eastern Conference semifinal showdown currently knotted at 1-1.
Shortly after giving his team the lead, the superstar winger skated behind Lundqvist’s net and microphones caught him saying, “All series baby, all series.”
Joel Ward drove to the net and tapped Alex Ovechkin’s feed past Henrik Lundqvist. After the goal was confirmed by replay, Ovechkin kissed Ward on the cheek.
Four the fourth time in five years and the fifth time in seven, the Eastern Conference clubs are meeting in the playoffs.
The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist for a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Given a chance to put the pressure squarely on the Rangers, Pittsburgh instead reverted back to the uneven play it’s been unable to shake the past five months.
Derick Brassard and Ryan McDonough scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made the goals stand up as the New York Rangers won the opener of their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
When the puck drops Thursday night for the opener of their seven-game Eastern Conference playoff series, the Rangers will have been on a tear that began when they made the Stanley Cup finals in 2014.
When the Rangers were eliminated in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final last spring there were serious concerns about whether they could realistically take the next step this season. Yet they appear to be even better.
Look for Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello to torch Fleury repeatedly.
Henrik Lundqvist told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday afternoon that he’s in a good place physically as the Rangers ready for their opening round playoff series against Pittsburgh.
The Rangers may have to wait until Saturday to find out who they will play in the first round.
It’s only taken Henrik Lundqvist four games to shake off the rust following his return from a scary vascular injury that forced him to miss 25 consecutive games.
The Blueshirts possess the necessary elements to ignite like potassium chlorate or explode like Mentos in Diet Coke. How will this experiment end?
That was as bad of a cross-checking incident as you’re going to see in an 82-game season. It’s time to get tough, NHL. Throw the book at Byfuglien.