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Lundqvist has no problem with AV’s ‘routine save’ comment

Nov 13, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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From ESPN New York:

If you were looking for a juicy war of words between player and coach, you are in for a letdown. Even if you were seeking a slightly less salacious exchange of subtle jabs, you will still likely be disappointed.

What did New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have to say in response to Alain Vigneault’s comments Tuesday night that the second goal surrendered to the New Jersey Devils in the team’s 3-2 loss should have been a “routine save”?

“I don’t have a problem with that at all,” Lundqvist said after the team’s practice Wednesday. “Because, I agree.”

This is the goal in question, by New Jersey’s Ryan Carter:

Vigneault doesn’t really have a reputation for bashing his players in public. In Vancouver, he once suggested that Ryan Kesler “use the players around him a little bit more” (translation: pass the puck), causing Kesler to get his back up a bit.

But that was nothing compared to things the Rangers’ last coach, John Tortorella, used to say. Just ask Carl “stinks on the power play” Hagelin.

Ah, memories.

  1. 950003cups - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Hank is sure missing his oversized pads.

    • nebbah306 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      2.51 GAA this season, compared to his career 2.26 AND the fact that hes notoriously slow at the start of the season, but keep on bringing up the pads. I think Marty sure misses Scott Niedermayer and Scott Stevens, how many cups has Uncle Daddy won since they retired??

      • xdj511 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Devils troll who lives to bash Henrik. Don’t feed him.

      • 950003cups - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        How many cups has Lundqvist won since sliced bread?

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      His pads were within the same restrictions as everyone else, just like they are now.

      How long do you think the adjustment would be if you told players their sticks had to be three inches shorter than what they are now?

    • cofran2004 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Brodeur sure is missing his sister-in-law/ex wife.

  2. imleftcoast - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    God, I wish those would go in in beer league. Hardly worth a writeup.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    A rolling puck coming off a back hand with your dman diving in front of you at the bottom of the circles is not a routine save. I’d blame the bad pinch in the offensive zone, the terrible route that gave up the inside by Hagelin and the lackluster play by the diving player before I’d fault Hank.

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Well the world class goaltender and well-traveled (at the very least) NHL head coach who have weighed in on the situation and disagree with you.

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Lundqvist himself acknowledged it was on him. No need/logic in defending the guy.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Seemed like it was more of let’s not start a media war, that’s all.

    • shortsxit34 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      I’m a goalie…it was a soft goal. Really nothing else to say about it.

  4. xdj511 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    If not for that crappy goal where Henrik wasn’t properly set, and that puck that bounced and bounced around and was suddenly behind Lundqvist with 3 minutes left, the Rangers would have won that game. At least we shoulld’ve gotten a point and gone to overtime. But oh well, they were on a good run. Hope they bounce back against Montreal Saturday night!

  5. rpiotr01 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    It’s hockey – crummy goals happen over the course of 82 games, even to good goaltenders.

    • 950003cups - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Yeah! How about people don’t write about forwards when hey miss an open net? Only goalies get the public torture when a strange puck goes in. Those goals are like one in a thousand. That was the one.

      • DED - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Certainly agree with you there. If an article was written about every forward who missed an open net… well, you get the picture. Instead it’s just, “oh man, how did he miss that?” and people move on.

  6. yukon13 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Henrik…..Henrik….Henrick… a tampon!

  7. hennnrikkk - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    #henriqueitsover #queenwithoutacup

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