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Video: It takes a gem from Kovalchuk to finally beat Lundqvist

May 16, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist was able to silence the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He couldn’t repeat that feat on Wednesday, but it’s hard to blame Lundqvist for letting this one in. You can check it out below:

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Ilya Kovalchuk was just given too much time and space to work with. That was his sixth goal of the playoffs, including four with the man advantage.

Lundqvist went 82:56 minutes without surrendering a goal.

  1. phinfan527 - May 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Yeah, he let up the goal, get over it!! No cup, no pedestal!! Move on.

  2. barkar942 - May 17, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    How about the interference on Girardi by Elias that allowed Kovalchuk a wide open shot!

  3. rainyday56 - May 17, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Everyone says goal tending is what will decide this series. But both goalies are excellent. So what will decide the series? Offensive talent. Which team left in the playoffs has better than Kovie, Zajac and Parise?

    • hrudey - May 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM

      No disrespect intended to a fine Devils team, but the answer to your question is Los Angeles. Brown has more points and goals than Kovalchuk, Kopitar has more points than Zajac, Richards has more than Parise, and there’s plenty of scoring depth there as well. But the Kings have played three fewer games and didn’t get to pad their stats against the Flyers (I am trying to find an appropriate description for what they do when they have a penalty because they’re certainly not effective enough to call it a penalty kill).

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