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Henrik Lundqvist: Your consensus Game 1 difference-maker

May 15, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils actually looked like (at least) the slightly better team through 40 minutes of Game 1 until the New York Rangers turned things around to win the contest (and third period) 3-0. If there was a general consensus, it was that Henrik Lundqvist was probably the difference.

Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador believed that the score didn’t indicate how close the game really was and that Lundqvist was why it was a misleading result.

“Lundqvist did a great job in the first two periods,” Salvador said. “He kept them in.”

Martin Brodeur had a more amusing take on King Henrik’s game.

“From my view I saw him for about 10 minutes because there were so many Rangers players in front of him,” Brodeur said.

Nice. Ryan McDonagh credited Lundqvist with keeping the Rangers in the game but the great goalie shrugged off that talk to Katie Strang.

“You have to step up when the team needs you, not just when you feel good,” Lundqvist said.

The Devils, Rangers and experts raved about Hank’s work. For further analysis, check out what Keith Jones and Mike Milbury had to say about it.

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  1. barkar942 - May 15, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    It’s good to be the King!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 15, 2012 at 6:32 AM

      As I predicted in this series the KING will throw 3 shutouts at the organization from jersey ! Was it me or did the jersey boys look like frustration is setting in on them already ? Its nice to see the great big agressive forecheck mean nothing when you can’t get the puck by the other teams goaltender you are basically wearing yourself out as oppesed to wearing the other team out when you score !

  2. snoop0323 - May 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Typical Marty. As soon as anyone so much as implies that the other goalie outplayed him, he starts giving any bullsh*t reason for it other that simply saying, for once, the other guy was just better on that night. Way to stay classy Maaaaaaaaaaaarty! Maaaaaaaaaaaaarty! Maaaaaaaaaaarty!

  3. dabutcha114 - May 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Marty is old fat and sucks. I can’t wait for the Rangers to end his career after this series.

  4. vgullotta - May 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Credit McDonagh with some of that shutout too. Not to discount that Henrik is the best goalie in the league and quite possibly will turn out to be the best ever, but McDonagh f’ing dominated the NJ offense!

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