Let’s call it as it is shall we? Henrik Lundqvist was flat out putrid tonight. It kinda reminded me of this video I saw years ago about Uncle Daddy:
Henrik Lundqvist looked like he couldn’t make a single clean save on anything long. Not counting the 4 awful goals he gave up, there were countless shots where he gave huge juicy rebounds right into the slot, and one save where he gloved it and it just flopped right out of his glove. Sure, Henrik made 2 superb saves on Kessel off of those breakaways, but that doesn’t absolve him from making the routine saves. Sure Henrik has carried this team on his back since the season started, but that doesn’t mitigate the fact that he sucked in a major way tonight. The real sad thing here was that Jonas Gustavsson was awful tonight too. It was like watching to swedish skaters put on goalie equipment for the first time. Gustavsson was saved by the fact that 2 goals were (rightfully) waived off when the Rangers were pressing. The Rangers also got a fortunate whistle when a whistle was blown for really no good reason on a goalmouth scramble for them as well, so it kinda evens out.
I know people are going to focus on the 2nd and 3rd periods where the Rangers seemingly had negative shots on goal. But here’s the truth guys. If Martin Biron was in net tonight, we probably win this game. Henrik is the biggest reason we lost. You can point to 2 goals being waived off, or some awful reffing (snowing the goalie = misconduct? really?) but the fact of the matter is, your goalie has to stop 50 foot wristers. Your goalie can’t misplay puck after puck after puck right into the slot. Maybe it’s just one of those games where Henrik was just off. Maybe the different sightlines at the garden threw him off, maybe lemmiwinks killing wikileaks really screwed with Henriks head, you know, being a twin brother and all. Whatever the reason is, it is what it is. Henrik cost us a game. It happens less than a handful of times a year. This was one.
Forget it, and move on.