The New York Rangers salvaged their season with an uber important 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators last night at Scotiabank Place, but goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was still fuming after the final buzzer, and he had every right to be. With 39 seconds left in the third period, Jason Spezza scored a goal that shouldn't have counted for two reasons:
1) The puck was clearly swiped in by the skate of Chris Neil, which, by definition, is ruled "distinct kicking motion" and deemed no goal. Neil himself did not even celebrate because even he knew it should not count. However, the NHL somehow came to the conclusion that the replay was inconclusive, even though everyone, and I mean everyone, watching this game on television clearly saw that the puck was kicked in.
2) Chris Neil tangled his stick with the body of Lundqvist, dragging Hank out of the crease and into the slot while the puck was being kicked into the net. This, by definition, is ruled "goaltender interference" and again deemed no goal. Again, missed by the officials and the war room in Toronto.
So the NHL and the officials at Scotiabank had not only one, but two reasons to disallow this last-minute tally that brought the difference on the scoreboard to just one goal. This is why Henrik Lundqvist had every right to skate out of his crease screaming in disgust when the final call was made. Not only that, but he was also right in making the postgame comments that he did.
“When it’s goalie interference and a kick and they still call it a goal, it scares me,” Lundqvist said. “It’s such an obvious play, I’m still upset.”
“It looked like someone wanted them back in the game…It’s an absolute joke.”
Can you argue his logic there?
The NHL will by likely fining the Ranger netminder the maximum $2,500 for his comments, but at least in my opinion, it's a $2,500 well spent.
Since the Winter Classic back on January 2, the League's bias against the Rangers has been well-documented. Head coach John Tortorella would not have made comments that he knew would get him fined twice over the course of the year if they weren't necessary. Now that's Tortorella, and obviously he and his mouth have a reputation. But Lundqvist? His record is squeaky clean and he is normally very reserved in what he says about the League or the officiating after a game.
He was irate last night, though, and that says something. He would not lose his cool like that over a small issue, and he's not only speaking on behalf of himself there, he's speaking on behalf of goaltenders throughout the NHL. Goalies are supposed to be protected by the officials, which makes sense because they are defenseless and also hold the most difficult position of anyone on the ice. But some of the calls and non-calls made this year have exposed faults in that protection, just as we saw last night.
So we applaud you, Mr. Lundqvist, for speaking your mind and setting the NHL straight. Once again, the League embarrasses itself because apparently they haven't done so enough already in these playoffs.
To the surprise of no one (hence the sarcastic title), the National Hockey League has announced that New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been named a finalist for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the League's best goaltender during the regular season. This is the fourth time in Lundqvist's seven-year career that he has been named a finalist for...
… seriously, have you EVER heard Henrik Lundqvist come out and say ANYTHING like this before? Absolutely not. So you know Henrik is totally pissed off over this. He’s right, someone wanted Ottawa back in this game. Probably the same people who wanted Philadelphia back in the Winter Classic game as well. It’s a total [...]
In no surprise whatsoever, Henrik Lundqvist was named a finalist for the Vezina trophy this season. Lundqvist had by far the best season of his career this year, posting a 1.97 GAA (4th in the NHL), a .930 SV% (3rd), 39 wins (3rd), and 8 shutouts (3rd). Lundqvist was the rock in the Rangers net, and despite having his numbers slide a little bit in the final month of the year, when...
Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Predators are the finalists for the NHL's Vezina Trophy for best goaltender.
The league announced the finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
Lundqvist led the Rangers to the most points in the Eastern Conference, going 39-18-5 in 62...
Henrik Lundqvist was upset with the controversial late goal by the Senators last night and spoke about it post-game.
I don’t know about you, but my feelings are the Rangers won the game, brush the goal off and move on.
Instead, Lundqvist went in the opposite direction.
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To watch on YouTube, click here.How in the world did the NHL conclude that was a good goal? There is absolutely no explanation that...
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Henrik Lundqvist gave a wink and a smile when asked about his postgame tirade after the New York Rangers stayed alive with a Game 6 win at Ottawa.
The usually mild-mannered star goalie, who could be in line to win the Vezina Trophy for the first time, wasn't really in the mood to rehash it. There are much bigger things on his mind and the minds of his teammates, like beating...
NEW YORK (April 25, 2012) — Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted...
Excellent news for all three nominees for the Vezina Trophy. This is Rinne’s second straight nomination for the Vezina after finishing behind Tim Thomas last year.
The following is the press release obtained via the Predators public relations via the National Hockey League:
“LUNDQVIST, QUICK AND RINNE NAMED VEZINA TROPHY FINALISTS
NEW YORK (April 25, 2012) — Henrik Lundqvist...
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NEW YORK (April 25, 2012)—Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.
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