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‘He’s our backbone’: Rangers’ Lundqvist perfect in Game 7 victory over Capitals

May 14, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

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The Washington Capitals, with rejuvenated star Alex Ovechkin, could not solve Henrik Lundqvist when it came time to trying to close out the New York Rangers.

Lundqvist, the Rangers 31-year-old goaltender, recorded back-to-back shutouts over the Capitals in the final two games of this best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final, with the second one coming in Game 7 on Monday.

The Rangers pulverized the Capitals in Washington by a score of 5-0 to win the series and will now face the Boston Bruins in one of two Eastern Conference semifinals.

The last Washington player to score in this series: Mike Ribeiro, at 9:24 of overtime in Game 5, to give the Capitals a 3-2 series lead.

Since then, however, Lundqvist has been perfect.

He has now gone 120 minutes without allowing a goal. He stopped 35 shots on Monday.

“He was really good, but the team was good in front of him,” Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella told

“Henrik was fantastic throughout the series. He’s our backbone.”


  1. crabcakesfootball - May 14, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Hes your backbone, you heart, your arms, your soul, your brain, your eyes.


    • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Many contributed, but without Hank they don’t survive this series.

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 14, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      ehhh, Callahan and Stepan aren’t too shabby.

      At the end of the day he can stop every single shot anybody ever shoots at him, but he’s never gonna do better than a tie unless a teammate scores a goal to get the W.

  2. hanktheking - May 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Long live the King.

  3. chanceoffleury1 - May 14, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    People like Henrik Lundqvist are put on this earth just to make you hate yourself. Olympic gold medal, ravishing good looks, beautiful family, plays the guitar, a millionaire, and oh yeah, he holds one of the sport’s most storied franchises on his back night in and night out and never seems phased by any of it. I bet he gets out of his car to help little old ladies cross the street safely before tipping 30% at restaurants, too. The day he raises Lord Stanley the world will know perfection. I hate your perfect hair and perfect smile and perfect glove saves and perfect shootouts. But I definitely hate your perfect playoff shutouts the most. Curse my swedish roommates for regularly forcing Rangers games upon me and ruining my hatred of you, Henrik Lundqvist.

    • barkar942 - May 14, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      I am a Ranger fan. Don’t let this out of the bag, but have you ever heard of the Stepford Wives? He is the Stepford Goalie!

      • johnstone17 - May 14, 2013 at 7:09 AM

        Very Good!

  4. thehighcountrybear - May 14, 2013 at 1:35 AM


    Brilliant post man…love the humour!

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 14, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      Haha! I thought that it would be more obvious than ever after that post, but just to clear it up: I’m a girl.

      But hey, if some of you guys swing that way I’m not hating. Coincidentally, neither does Henrik since, what do you know, he’s apart of You Can Play. Not surprising though since, as I said before, he is the perfect human being.

      • tfaltin - May 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Someone’s ready to make the switch to Broadway Blue. The King wants you to.

      • barkar942 - May 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Hey chanceoffleury1, my daughter is 14 and stops dead in her tracks when she sees Hank! LOL!

  5. thehighcountrybear - May 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM


    Fooled me…much of the wistful irony is gone?

    Me, I always envied Ron Duguay and Luc Robitaille, life can be so unfair.

  6. cruuuzcontrol - May 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I love it when fans of other teams say stuff like, “They would be terrible if they didn’t have Lundqvist!” Well, I guess it’s a good thing they have him then, eh?

  7. banger60 - May 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    More scoring from the big money players, they are not producing, thank god for the 3rd and 4th lines, and some guys we got in the trade, some! GO RANGERS!

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