New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been stopping a lot of shots during the first three rounds of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs— but it's safe to say they have all come the opposing team.
During the third period of last night's 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils, Lunqvist had to make a save on a shot that came off the stick of his own teammate Brad Richards.
The goalie's quick reaction to Richards' mental lapse saved what could have been a totally demoralizing error for the Rangers.
Richards wasn't intentionally trying to put the puck in his own net but was merely attempting to clear the puck around the boards with the score 3-3. He missed and nearly scored what would have been the tie-breaking goal in front of the Rangers home crowd.
Richards finished the game with four shots on goal (the other team's goal). Actually, his misplay was his best chance to score all night— even if it was for the wrong team.
Lunqvist would eventually give up the winning goal to Ryan Carter with less than five minutes to play. An empty net goal by the Devils made the final score 5-3.
The Devils have 3-2 game lead in the Eastern Conference Finals and go back home to Newark on Friday with hopes of clinching the hard fought series.
I know it doesn't matter because the Rangers lost anyway, but if Brad Richards would have scored the own goal on the Henrik Lundqvist all his clutchness this postseason would have been forgotten in one historically embarrassing flub......not sure I've ever seen that. If Lundqvist doesn't make the save, Richards sees that highlight in every NHL playoff highlight package...
Missed it by that much.
Rangers center Brad Richards didn’t have his best game in New York’s 5-3 loss to the Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wedenesday night. Richards didn’t register a single point, and ended up -2 in plus/minus on the night. He did, however, manage to get four shots on goal—well, five if you count the one on his own net last night...
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Call it bad timing. Whatever.
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For any aspiring NHL goaltenders out there, being aware of where the puck is at all time is a must.
You always expect shots to becoming from the opposing, but it’s not too often that you see the puck coming at you off the stick of your own teammate. Well, with the Rangers and Devils deadlocked at three last night, that's exactly what happened.
From Sean Hartnett at WFAN.com:
Alone stands a masked man in white. He is the last line of defense. His duty is to guard his post from an army of onrushing soldiers dressed in red with the mark of the demon across their chest.
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from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, The closest thing to a guarantee from the Rangers heading into a do-or-die Game 6 against the Devils on Friday?
Coach John Tortorella’s prediction about his star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s impending performance:
“He’ll play his best game tomorrow night,” Tortorella proclaimed.
A later line of questioning prompted Tortorella to...
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Devils (48 wins, 102 points) @ Rangers (51 wins, 109 points)
Road/Home records - 24-15-2 -------------- 27-12-2
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - 2-2
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game *
New York Rangers...
Two previous series extended to seven games and two multi-goal comebacks in their final two games proved
to be too much for the Rangers in the end. The Rangers' season ended without their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since their last
championship season in 1994, with Devils rookie Adam Henrique's scramble goal 63 seconds into overtime
sending the Rangers...
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