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Rangers’ goaltending a concern? ‘We know what Henrik is,’ says Tortorella

May 19, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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It’s been a while since New York Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals in a game.

According to a tweet from Andrew Gross, the Rangers’ beat reporter for The Record in New Jersey, Lundqvist had gone 152 straight games – including playoffs and regular season – without allowing five goals.

Sunday wasn’t a good time for this streak to come to an end.

The Rangers fell to the Bruins by a final score of 5-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal and now trail 2-0 in the series.

Lundqvist allowed five goals on 32 shots. It’s also been back-to-back games Lundqvist has been outplayed by Bruins’ goalie Tuukka Rask.

But Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella wasn’t in the mood to openly criticize his goalie – the same one that registered 24 wins in the lockout-shortened regular season, which put him in a three-way tie with Antti Niemi and Niklas Backstrom for most in the league.

“I’m not evaluating our goaltending. I don’t need to evaluate Henrik. We know what Henrik is,” said Tortorella, as per

Lundqvist was also stung on a Daniel Paille shot, as per Sportsnet.

“It’s my shoulder, we’ll see,” Lundqvist said after the game. “We’ll take a look at it.”

  1. billsin20xx - May 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    How much is Tort’s stupidity in swearing on NBC (saying Calahans goal was ‘g0d da$$ed important) going to cost him?

    • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Hopefully nothing since it’s only a word

    • govtminion - May 19, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Recording a well-known foulmouthed coach, live, on the bench?

      To use Torts’ own words, ‘we know what Tortorella is’. If anyone is at fault here, it’s NBC.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Anyone else remember pre-2004 lockout when the Rangers were stacked with Jagr & Co. yet still couldn’t win? I’d say “fire Torts” but perhaps the problem is much more structural.

  3. thebigtim2012 - May 19, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Tort is severely over rated. His record speaks for itself.

  4. mp1113 - May 19, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    where was this lundqvist in the first round?

  5. deadrabbit79 - May 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Not sure where even the thought of a goaltending issue would even come up for the Rangers. Game 1 goes into OT, Bruins win on a beautiful play. Game 2 came down to the Rangers defense looking lost, not the goalie. Problem with the Rangers all year is that they lost all of their character guys. Guys like Dubinsky, Prust, Rupp, Fedetenko. While those guys dont show up on the score sheet much, they bring a certain level of grit that the Rangers severely lack. While the Nash trade brought the scoring they needed(you have to make that trade), it took away that grit they had last year. The goalie is the farthest thing from the issue. I wish my Isles had him in net last week.

    • thesableo - May 20, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Unless you think the Rangers can score 6 goals a game, there is definitely a goaltending issue. Doesn’t mean you start Biron, doesn’t mean it’s all Lundqvist’s fault either. But he needs to be sharper if they’re going to have a chance.

  6. bcisleman - May 19, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Thing to understand about the Rangers is they have no prayer of contending unless HL is playing and is dominant…and now I am hearing he has an injured shoulder. If he’s out, this will be a sweep.

  7. eanxdivr - May 19, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    The issue is not Lundquist. The issue is the team in front of him. No Prust, no Dubinsky, no Fedetenko, none of the muckers and grinders that are so important…

    • thesableo - May 20, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      The issue is both. I think Lundqvist is amazing, just not in this series. He’s been ok. And the Rangers need him to be amazing.

  8. capsfan19 - May 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Islesman is right. Your “king” is the only thing keeping this team afloat. Every goalie has a bad game. Calling into question lundqvists game after ONE bad performance is rediculous. Rags head home and im sure that will give him a boost of confidence

  9. REDSKINSFORLIFE - May 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Torts is a whiney school girl.

    • tfaltin - May 20, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      I’m finished with Torts. His arrogance, his miserable personality, and his willingness to throw his own players under the bus publicly has run its course with me. If I’m in Rangers management, I’m starting to get embarassed. What he said about Hagelin is not excusable. I’m all about accountability, and everyone knows the Rangers have the talent to score. What they don’t have the scheme, and that is where Torts need to be accountable. If your players aren’t performing to your standards, coach them. It’s his job to make sure his players are able to play, not scoff about their poor performances publicly. I wouldn’t want to play for the tyrant. With this roster, the team is underperforming, and that’s on the coach.

  10. canucks30 - May 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Sounds like it’s Luongo time for the Ran- …ah, nevermind

  11. multiplemiggs - May 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Very happy to see that the dumbest fans in the league have an even dumber coach and an even crappier team than they are dumber.

    • anthonykornheiser - May 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      Than they are dumber? You sound smart

  12. 950003cups - May 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM


    Why you bringing Minnesota fans in to this?

  13. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    heard on the news that Henrik is suffering from a shoulder injury and is being checked. anyone else hear this?

    • govtminion - May 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      I’ve heard rumblings about it. It would explain his play in the third period, but it also would mean that the Rangers are in deep guano- not meaning it trolling, but I honestly don’t even know who his backup even is. If he’s sore enough that he needs the MRI, then even if it comes up negative he’s obviously in a lot of pain. Bad news for New York- for all the whining about him, he’s been their best player by far this season.

  14. joeyg88 - May 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Wow without HL they wouldn’t be in playoffs. Or 2nd round. Maybe if they had a decent team they could afford to play biron during the season. How about the for sure 2 goals that henrik was screened on by his own defense. Why is this even a topic. Shoulder injury or not henrik will be playing. NBC analyst get a day job bro.

  15. multiplemiggs - May 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM


    • tfaltin - May 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Are you in middle school? Rofl…

  16. multiplemiggs - May 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    yes anthonykornheiser, and with a name like that you sound like you were picked on a lot growing up.

  17. nhstateline - May 20, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    The Rangers had a defense problem not so much a goalie problem sunday. The Bruins got a lot of time and space to line up their shots. The pretty much were able to follow the textbook of how to beat Henrik Lundqvist. All goalies have weaknesses that NHL teams with enough time and space can exploit. That’s really what happened yesterday. This is why, speaking as a Bruin fan, I don’t think this series is anything close to over. The Rangers D will pick it up in the next couple of games and their goaltending problem will magically go away. Well that plus the Bruins historic inability to step on a team’s neck when they get it in this situation, I figure they will be really great in one game down there and probably just mail the other one in (they’ve done it this way for years).

  18. cspsrbums - May 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Agree torts is a clown and should be suspended by the NHL for all of his poor actions. He is an embarrassment not only to The Rangers but to the NHL also time for him to go.

  19. banger60 - May 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    teamwork was always drilled into my head, don’t see it here, it seems at times everyone is lost on what to do and they’re not following any plan on the powerplay, it starts and ends with the coach, good place to start for a firing, can’t motivate players by saying they stink plus other things he’s said and done.

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