Henrik Lunqdist was the best player on the ice tonight. Not the best player on the ice for the Rangers vs Senators game. He was the best player on the ice for the Blues, the Sharks, The Bruins, The Capitals, Martys Misfits, the Plymouth Whalers, the National teams who are practicing around the world, the 4 year old in his backyard in siberia skating on a pond. Henrik Lundqvist was the best player on any ice surface anywhere.
That’s how good he was tonight.
Let’s not sugercoat it guys, the Rangers were pretty thoroughly outplayed tonight. Sure, they had a few good scoring chances, and sure Craig Anderson himself was pretty brilliant as well, but when the Sens got control of the puck in the offensive zone, they schooled the Rangers big time. They were blasting shots from everywhere, and were crowding the net as you would expect when facing a world class goalie. Henrik was just better than them all. His stop on Kyle Turris with the clock about to expire. Nothing short of spectacular. His stops on Greening at point blank range were just as spectacular too. The way he was able to get square to him was unreal.
Give a lot of credit to the Sens, they have a damn good offensive game to them, and they showed it. Karlsson was outstanding, but the King stood tall when it mattered most.
Chris Kreider played his first ever NHL game tonight, and on the first line of all places. I think it’s a pretty tough position to put the kid in. Not only is he playing in the NHL playoffs, for his first ever game. But he’s also playing on the road, in a game with some serious bad blood, and asked to step on to the top line and keep up with 2 of the best offensive players in the game. I know Kreider has a big time future ahead of him, but boy oh boy, that’s a lot to ask of the kid don’t ya think? He played very well though, almost had a goal, and tried real hard, but he also showed that he’s not a particularly great board player, and doesn’t really know where to be on the ice as the Rangers play their cycle game. He’s not used to our system. It’s tough for him to come in and be put in that situation. I’m not sure I’d keep the kid there once Hagelin gets back. Here’s hoping the series will be over by that time.
Were the Rangers outplayed for a lot of this game? Sure, but as Bob McKenzie said, so what? The Rangers have gotten outplayed many, many, many times over the past few years, and won games. That’s why you have the highest paid goalie in the league on your team. Henrik Lundqvist SHOULD be the best player on the ice for his team, with great salary comes great responsibility, or so Spider-man tells me.
That’s all for now, off to bed!