Lundqvist puts Rangers on his back once again for 3-1 lead on Capitals
To say the Rangers lead this first-round series 3-1 is a bit misleading. Really, it's
The goalie is carrying this New York Rangers team on his back, as he made 38 saves and led them to a 2-1 win Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden
"I think he saved the game again," Washington winger
Despite outshooting the Rangers, 39-21, (and they've done that in each of the first four games), the Capitals can't seem to solve the New York goalie. Everything they are throwing his way, Lundqvist is seeing, and everything he sees, he stops.
"The key is to let Hank see them and then get rid of the rebounds," said Rangers defenseman
There is no real logical explanation for how a team that has outshot their opponents by 50 over four games could be facing elimination in Game 5, but sometimes hockey defies logic. And so does Lundqvist. Even with Ovechkin's best efforts, which he showed in Game 4.
"Sometimes you fight it, and you open up and create holes," Lundqvist said. "But when you're confident, you're patient, and a lot of times you let the puck come to you and then you can just react."
That's how he explained his two magnificent gloves saves of Ovechkin, who tried to carry his team himself in much the same way. Spending 28:47 on the ice, more than any other player on either team, offense or defense, Ovechkin tried everything he could to get the win. He double-shifted every power play. He took 11 shots on Lundqvist, and even though he scored early in the third to cut the lead in half, it just wasn't enough. It's not logical that the best player in the NHL, doing everything he's done in this series, is down in this 3-1 hole.
But who needs logic when Lundqvist's got instincts?
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