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Henrik Lundqvist finishes 2013 with an empty feeling

May 25, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

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John Tortorella took the blame for the poor work of many New York Rangers stars, but few would’ve passed much blame to Henrik Lundqvist, who kept his team in more than a few games in 2013.

Still, the result remains familiar for the superstar Swede: his team lost in the postseason. While the outcome might be similar to other years, the 31-year-old told reporters such as the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross that he feels different in some ways.

“I expected more for us and I hoped for more,” Lundqvist said. “It’s an empty feeling.”

“All I can say is it was a different feeling (from last year) … I still feel like in key moments, we stepped up as a team.”

Regardless, the guy who seems to have everything lacks at least one accolade: Stanley Cup champion.

  1. dropthepuckeh - May 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    The King hath no Cup. Too many lucky bounces for the Bruins I guess…..

  2. mz1394 - May 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Queen Henrietta and the unlucky bounces time to get out the summers eve and tampax Henrietta

  3. 950003cups - May 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I hope torts gets an extension. I guess it’s possible that Henrik TongueTwist asks for a trade.

  4. kingsforever - May 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    He never deserved that Vezina over Quick. Doesn’t matter, rather have a Cup ring

  5. thebigtim2012 - May 26, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    They were overmatched. Good team but way overmatched

  6. tfaltin - May 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I think the lucky bounces comment was directed at his teammates in a way. As if to say “Hey, if we get a break we’re tied in this series. We can play with these guys, lets go.” At least that’s what I hope it is. Either way, to hear hockey fans discredit what he has accomplished in his career is disheartening. The Rangers ask so much of him and he always delivers a solid effort. Say what you will be he did with Olympic Gold with Sweden, so he can win it all if the team backs him up a bit.

    • jimthebear - May 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      I agree.. It wasn’t a lucky bounce or two.. The way the Bruins DOMINATED this series, with an average goalie, as good as Rask was, switch keepers, and its a sweep, and each game wan by 2 or 3 by the Bruins.

  7. bronxsanman - May 26, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Guys who talk smack about this guy would blow a goat to have him in their uniform. All haters. LONG LIVE THE KING. Thanks Hank for another wonderful season.

  8. President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    He’s going to wind up being one of the greatest goalies of all time to never win a Stanley Cup

  9. sportsfan69 - May 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Shouldn’t Henrick Lundqvist only be called by his real name, not “King Lundqvist,” until he wins the Stanley Cup? A nickname like “King” should only be reserved for only Stanley Cup winners.

  10. dropthepuckeh - May 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Rask is far from an “average” goal tender. He should have been nominated for the Vezina were it not such a popularity contest. He was in the elite ranks for all relevant categories. The “King” was average. The Bruins are not an offensively gifted goal scoring team. Their defense was scoring and their fourth line was scoring. Henrik choked like the rest of the team. Crown him king when he wins something other than some regular season awards. If you are happy with the Ranger’s finish then you are a perfect consumer for them. Grab a dog and beer and jersey. You’ll be just as satisfied for years with that mediocre product.

  11. bronxsanman - May 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Never said I was satisfied with the way the season ended I just said ill take him over any other goalie in the league.

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