Henrik Lundqvist was being hailed a hero just last week. It’s been a different story lately.
Henrik Lundqvist seems baffled. The Rangers allowed 12 goals in losing their last two playoff games, and one of the NHL’s top goalies is at a loss to explain why. It has to change in Game 4 Friday night.
After splitting the first two games in New York, the Rangers talked about cleaning up mistakes — but it was more of the same in Game 3.
This is the series that the Rangers have been waiting for all season.
“We let them talk,” Hagelin said of the Caps. “We’re gonna do everything we can to focus on (ourselves) and what we can do to win the game.”
This is why King Henrik is paid the big bucks. He just continues to find new levels of concentration and coolness.
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.