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Rangers’ Lundqvist: Hagelin goal ‘probably the ugliest I’ve ever seen’

May 23, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

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There are strange goals in hockey, and then there are the strange goals that completely change the momentum of a game.

Case in point: Carl Hagelin‘s backhand shot (see the video here) that beat Boston Bruins’ goalie Tuukka Rask, who just, kind of, well, fell over on his own just as the shot was being taken.

The goal got the New York Rangers on the board, when they were trailing 2-0 early in the second period of a must-win game.

The Rangers went on to win the game in overtime, staving off elimination and forcing a Game 5 in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

“We gained a lot of energy and confidence after that and the game changed. It really did,” said Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist, as per a tweet from Katie Strang from ESPN.

Lundqvist then added that goal, “…probably the ugliest goal I’ve ever seen.”




  1. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Even uglier then the one you let in last game?

    • bekay19 - May 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Bruins gave the Rangers two goals last night and they stilll barely pulled it off in OT.
      The Rangers are treading water right now and Hank is going to have to stand on his head for three more games if they plan on extending their season

      • freestyle1022 - May 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Luongo-esque comment

        The one where Hank was sleeping and the puck went off the inside of his pad and out the backside would have been pretty ugly.

        Rask with a shutout in Game 5..

    • malkamania71 - May 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      I agree queen lundy should keep his mouth shut

  2. girouxed - May 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    It was pure luck that NY scored any goals at all.

    They wouldnt not have won if it were not for this mistake. Tighten up Tuuka!!!!

    • billyhauntswizards - May 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      if NYR didn’t take penalties, Boston would’ve lost. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

      • girouxed - May 24, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Bostons not up 3-1 for no reason.

        This series is over. Boston-Pittsburgh for eastern conference finals.

      • alwaysgame7 - May 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        Think what he was saying is that weak goal Rask let in energized the Rangers… They looked completely unmotivated up to that point. Different team afterwards. But you’re right, every game you can say “well if my team played better they’d have won”

        What happened happened. What ifs are futile at this point.

        Onto game 5…

    • jkay1818 - May 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Yeah, it was pure luck that professional hockey players scored four goals in a hockey game. Including one in OT. What are you saying?
      I love when fans of neither team get so involved and up in arms over this.

    • malkamania71 - May 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      I’m sure you hate the Penguins as much as I hate the Flyers, but I seem to agree with every thing you say on these boards. Cheers!

  3. 19to77 - May 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Man, Hank’s gonna feel embarrassed in the handshake line when the Bruins are done with them.

    • tfaltin - May 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Embarassed for what? Giving his teams a chance to have third period leads in game 1 and 3? Getting his team to overtime in two of the games? Being victim of the (now second) weirdest goal in playoff history? The amount of highlight reel saves Hank makes each game to give the Rangers a chance speaks for himself.

  4. twayward - May 24, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    The Bruins could never lose a playoff series after leading three games to none. I mean, that is simply imposs… Oh wait…

    • hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      That still hurts

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 24, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      Given what their AHL team just did, it would be mind boggling if the Bruins were to lose this one to the Rangers. Unlikely in the extreme, but to all but Bruins fans, well, there would be lots of LOL.

      • tfaltin - May 24, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Pretty sure the P-Bruins dropped those games because the B-B’s grabbed Bartkowski and Krug, which could very well be the reason they win this series.

  5. 8man - May 24, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    This goal. Chara getting pick pocketed. Then the too many men on the ice penalty. They all added up to huge mistakes that literally handed the game to the Rangers, gave them confidence and energized them. The Bruins were going back to Boston regardless of what happened last night. They need to make sure they don’t go back to New York.

    Two Western conference goalies posted shutouts last night. I’m wondering if Rask is capable of holding the opposition to nothing if needed to win a game. And I’m wondering if the Bs as a whole are good enough to put someone away when they have the first opportunity to do so. So far 0-3 this year in games when they are one win away from closing someone out.

    Again this series doesn’t mean anything. There is no trophy. You are the fodder or you sweep the fodder out. However, it’s your play and how you handle your opponent that can give you what you need for the next round. Not good.

  6. ironmike778 - May 24, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Never seen a more undeserving playoff win in my life. How this lousy Rangers team even made the playoffs is beyond me.

    • tfaltin - May 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      They weren’t this bad until after game 1 of this series. Remember that game went into OT.

  7. nepo784 - May 24, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    This is the game that the complacent Bruins allow the Rangers to regain false confidence and end up losing the series. The 2010 Bruins have arrived to choke away a series that should have been a sweep.

    • govtminion - May 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Funny, I seem to recall them winning a Cup the following season… you sure they’re the choke artists you’re painting them to be?

  8. hockeydon10 - May 24, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    It just might pass Lidstrom’s goal on Cloutier. At least that one was a funny hop instead of the goalie playing about as well as I might.

  9. johnstone17 - May 24, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I thought Rask falling over was just a matter of the ice being crappy @ the Garden. It definitely changed the momentum of the game.

  10. jb8383 - May 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Don’t want to hear anyone say how the Rangers don’t get any lucky bounces. Lundqvist was saying that after game 3. They got plenty last night and it’s the only reason they’re still alive.

  11. nhstateline - May 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Well, on the upside, the Bruins management just got some nice clips for its upcoming negotiations with Mr. Rask. These can be added to the pile. When Tuuka’s locked in, he’s really great. When Tuuka’s mind wanders (or his body or both for that matter), things like these two goals happen. The second one’s on Chara and Hamilton as much as it is him to be fair but he looked really lazy in coming across the crease. The first was the ugliest goal he’s given up this year but there are a pile of other ones that aren’t stellar either. Despite the amount of time he’s been in the NHL, he still has things to work on. Keeping his focus and understanding where he is relative to the net and the puck are two of the bigger ones. The thing I’m taking out of this series in particular is how young this core group is and will still be next season. No matter what happens, the Bruins aren’t going away for a while.

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