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For reasons unbeknownst to me, some members of the national media seem to be under the impression that Henrik Lundqvist has been a failure as a playoff goaltender.
I could understand that sentiment a little prior to last season, but a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012 should have quashed any conversation about Lundqvist’s postseason struggles.
Instead, an ugly stat had been making the rounds – Lundqvist has allowed three or more goals in 29 of his 58 playoff starts – and a suspect goal off the stick of Jason Chimera in Game One brought some of Lundqvist’s old critics out of the woodwork.
The fact is that Lundqvist’s regular season career averages (2.25 GAA, .920 SV%) are nearly identical to his postseason ratios (2.31 GAA, .918 SV%). That doesn’t matter to many, who measure playoffs by wins and losses alone, but anyone that has watched a Ranger playoff game over the last several seasons should be well aware that Lundqvist has never been the problem.
Over the years opponents have learned that if Lundqvist can see the puck, he will stop it, so Lundqvist must constantly contend with a maze of sticks and bodies in front of his net. To my knowledge there’s no statistic that tracks deflection goals against, but I’d bet any dough that those account for a larger percentage of the goals against Lundqvist than any goalie in the league.
As usual, he’s been under fire in Round One and has held up remarkably well. Lundqvist was the sole reason the Rangers made it to overtime in a scoreless Game Two, when the Blueshirts were outshot 38-24, and he’s stockpiled highlight reel saves to keep New York close in the other games.
Every goalie gives up a softie once in a while and Lundqvist is no exception, but to argue that Lundqvist has been anything but the backbone of the Blueshirts in the postseason is ludicrous.
As any Rangers fan will tell you, if and when the Blueshirts capture the Stanley Cup, it will assuredly be Lundqvist that receives the Conn Smythe.
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Marc Staal returned last night, will Ryane Clowe follow on Wednesday? (Photo: Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
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Thanks to LAR again for this.
Again big thanks to Loyal Anonymous Reader (LAR) for the above graphic, which shows the goal locations for each of Derek Stepan’s 18 goals this season. As you can tell from the picture, Stepan’s game is to get to the front of the net for deflections, rebounds, and otherwise dirty goals. He did this for 16 of his 18 goals, and I’d bet that only...
Game Four was one of the best games the Rangers have played all year. They came out strong, played a physical game, played good defense, and generated a lot of scoring chances. The game itself was very exciting as well, but the Rangers appeared to trade chances with a Caps team that is much more skilled than them. This is what caused the Rangers to blow their initial two goal lead...
from Howie Kussoy of the New York Post,
Staal played 17:17, alongside Anton Stralman, and said he felt good physically and with his conditioning, while acknowledging his timing needs improvement, particularly in making his return to the faster pace of the playoffs.
Staal said his return was delayed by issues that arose with his eye last week, which have since cleared, but...
The Rangers won Game Three, which was a must-win. Funny thing is that Game Four is also a must-win. The Rangers can ill-afford to head to Washington down 3-1, so tonight is another game where the Rangers need to get their W. The good news is that Ryane Clowe is back, in place of the injured Darroll Powe. This means that for the first time, the Rangers have all of their...
Yesterday, Derek Stepan was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio) and discussed his Game 3 winner, Marc Staal's return to the line-up and more...
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...very similar to Chris Drury, Derek Stepan isn't the most skilled player in the NHL but he's...
The New York Rangers have activated defenseman Marc Staal from the injured reserve list and should be ready to suit up Monday night. Staal was nailed by a puck close to his eye in early March and has been suffering from blurry vision ever since.
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Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals for the New York Rangers, who squandered a two-goal lead and then held on to get even in the best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Girardi ripped a shot from above the left circle, off a feed from Derick Brassard, to give the Rangers the lead again with a power-play...
NHL Playoff hockey is full of “dirty” goals. New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan collected a “dirty” goal on Monday night to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 win and cut their series deficit with the Washington Capitals to 2-1. It was a pretty goal if you are a hockey grinder, it is the kind of goal that can change momentum. Only time will tell.
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Marc Staal's return to the New York Rangers' lineup following a
serious eye injury lasted only one game as he is sitting out Game 4
of the first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals on
As we all know, John Tortorella isn't the biggest fan of the post game press conference. So after being peppered by questions for over seven minutes he decided he needed some help (7:14 mark)...
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...absolutely hysterical. What's ironic is that was the most comfortable and forthcoming I've seen Torts during a post game...
Not going to lie here, I thought the Rangers should have been able to handle the Caps at even strength fairly easily based on these two team's play in the regular season. This hasn't been happening, though as the Rangers have been outchanced 39-36 by the Caps at evens heading into tonight's game. They aren't getting dominated but they were outplayed in two out of...
We've all laughed at ESPN's hockey coverage, or lack of hockey coverage, for the past several years. When the network does try to cover the game they usually fail miserably, relying on analysts that have no experience and no business offering insight on the NHL.
Here they failed just trying to show some highlights from the New York Rangers - Washington Capitals series...