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Lundqvist says sore shoulder is ‘under control’

May 20, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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Henrik Lundqvist said today that his tender left shoulder is “under control” and that’s there’s no chance he’ll miss Game 3 of the Rangers’ series with the Bruins tomorrow night at MSG.

But for Lundqvist, what likely remains a sore point is what happened in Game 2.

On Sunday, following the 5-2 loss that put New York down 2-0 in the series, Lundqvist said things need to change if the Rangers have any hope of staging a comeback.

“I thought I was in position (on Boston’s goals), but there were a couple screens, and if you give up five goals you can’t be satisfied, obviously,” he said, per the Daily News.

“But I’ve got to look at the way they scored the goals, too, and it’s about teamwork out there, and today that didn’t work for us in our own end. So I have to be better, and the guys in front of me have to step up next game.”

So far in the series, the Bruins have been doing a great job of making life difficult for last year’s Vezina Trophy winner.

For example, here’s Shawn Thornton providing a screen on Boston’s second goal:

And here’s Patrice Bergeron doing the same on the third goal:

“They had a lot of guys in front of me,” Lundqvist said. “I was trying to work hard to find pucks. It was definitely a tough game to play.”

Unfortunately for the Rangers, keeping the big, determined Bruins forwards from getting to the front of the net is easier said than done.

New York defenseman Dan Girardi had an especially tough Game 2, finishing minus-4 in less than 20 minutes of ice time.

  1. dumbassgreg - May 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    no. rangers flaw has been exposed. their defensemen are great at shotblocking but not so great battling down low in front of the net if shots get through.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Its not like that’s anything new. Didn’t New Jersey exploit those flaws last year? That, and Henry’s inability to close the five hole.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 20, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Does this meaning the Bruins shooters will be gunning for the shoulder? I certainly hope not.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - May 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      They are more likely targeting the net instead of any part of Lunqvists body…

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        If he gets a shot on the shoulder at the outset he’ll be favoring it the rest of the game. Nothing like getting into a goalies head.

    • freestyle1022 - May 21, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Did you see how big those shoulder pads are that he wears? A puck to the shoulder isn’t hurting the Michelin man.

  3. jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Any report on his bruised ego?

  4. scottybcboy - May 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    It is not as simple as blaming Lundquist……combo of good breakouts and screens.
    Kudos to the B’s in the first two games but it will only become more difficult as the adjustments are made by the Rangers, plus the matchup difficulties created by last change.
    The Bruins need to win one road game in order to win the series, hopefully it comes in the next two games !

    • jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      That is, if Torts hasn’t alienated his whole team by the time he comes up with the right adjustments.

    • thesableo - May 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      The Bruins were the higher seed so they technically don’t need a road win.
      But I mostly agree. I expect the Rangers to get better. If they don’t it’ll be a short series.

  5. drewsylvania - May 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Torts gave up on Game 2, by not empyting the net late. But, if he wasn’t going to empty the net, he should have put Biron in. Lundqvist was clearly hurt.

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