New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist attempted to put to rest any fear that an injury to his left shoulder is something that potentially could hurt his chances of playing in Game 3.
Lundqvist has been battling a shoulder problem but he says "It's under control, I landed on the ice awkwardly and it hurt a little bit. It's under control." He allowed five goals on 32 shots in the 5-2 loss in Game 2. He has seen 80 shots through the first two games, stopping 72 of them (.900 SV%). The Rangers head-home down 2-0 needing a win tonight at Madison Square Gardens.
Lundqvist shut the door when the Rangers were on the brink of elimination in Game's 6 and 7. In Game 6 he posted a 27-save shutout to force Game 7, where he posted a 35-save shutout. He finished the first round with a 1.65 GAA and .947 SV%.
The Rangers needed Lundqvist to steal a game for them and that is exactly what he did in Game 6. He stopped all 27 shots that he faced including 12 in the third period. He will obviously be back in the cage tonight for Game 7, he has the ability to steal this one too.
Lundqvist stopped 33 of 35 shots in the 2-1 OT loss in Washington. The GWG bounced off of a couple of bodies right to Ribeiro who tucked it home. 'King' Henrik is one of the best goalies in the NHL so he is certainly capable of stealing Game 6 for the Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist (2-2, 2.44 GAA) vs. Braden Holtby (2-2, 2.20 GAA) as #NYR and #Capitals take ice for Game 5 warmups.
Lundqvist stopped 27 of 30 shots in the Game 4, 4-3 win that knotted the series up at two games a piece. The rangers head back to Washington for Game 5 tonight where they will lean on 'King' Henrik to give them the lead in the series.
This series shifts to New York for Game 3. The Rangers are down 2-0 and Lundqvist has posted a 1.90 GAA and .941 SV% in the first two games. He has played well but the Rangers have not been able to find any offense yet.
Lundqvist kept the Rangers in Game 1 but allowed a pair of soft goals in the 3-1 loss. Lundqvist is a premier goalie and will need to be on top of his game if the Rangers offense continues to struggle.
Lundqvist took a maintenance day yesterday to rest for tomorrow's start vs. the Caps.
Lundqvist did not receive very much help from his teammates in the early part of the season but in April he upped his play and the Rangers found some offense. He went 10-3-1 with a 1.76 GAA and .934 SV% down the stretch. He will take on a Capitals team who he had some success against this year. He was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .942 SV% vs. the Capitals in 2013.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 21 shots in a win over the Hurricanes that clinched the Rangers playoff berth. The Rangers can move as high as sixth with a win today and some help today. Lundqvist is a must-start.
Although the Rangers badly outshot the Panthers, Lundqvist was out-dueled but fellow Swede Jacob Markstrom on Tuesday. He gave up two goals on 15 shots in the loss. He'll face the Hurricanes tonight, he is 'King' Henrik, he is a must-start in all formats.