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Lundqvist shows Rangers what they’re paying for

Dec 6, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

When the New York Rangers signed goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a seven-year, $59.5 million extension, they had performances like the one he delivered last night in mind.

Lundqvist was perfect through 47 minutes against the Buffalo Sabres when Cody Hodgson rushed towards him on a breakaway. At the time, the Rangers only had a 1-0 lead on the strength of Rick Nash‘s first period goal.

The Rangers goaltender managed to knock Hodgson off balance as he charged the goal, which both disrupted Hodgson’s attempted shot and led to the Sabres forward tripping Nash. Brad Richards buried the insurance goal during the subsequent power play en route to a 3-1 victory for New York.

You can view that play below:

Lundqvist described it as a perfect scenario for a goaltender while Rangers coach Alain Vigneault called him “an elite goaltender who comes up big at the right time,” according to Newsday.

The Rangers have to hope that the 31-year-old goaltender has many years worth of games like that one left in his tank.

  1. nyeagles10 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    That contract was deff messing with his game. now rangers have an really good goalie duo

  2. xdj511 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Hank did have a really good game last night, but it was against the worst team with the worst offense in the league. A better test will be tomorrow night against the Devils… yes they also have a pitiful offense but you know they’re going to step it up a notch against the Rangers. Here’s hoping the Rangers can pick up another W and be -gasp- TWO GAMES OVER .500!

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      I’m assuming you watched the game (I didn’t, by the way. this is more of a general statement). How come you would judge Henrik’s game by the Sabres’ offensive/standings rankings rather than the quality of their chances? Sure, they’ve been a bad offense, but did Henrik makes good saves or not? Seems like a better way to evaluate his game than looking at the Sabres past GF numbers.

      I know I’m nitpicking (sorry), but I don’t understand this trend of evaluating offenses and defenses strictly by their past games, and consequently, evaluating the quality of a win using their opponent’s past games. Again, I didn’t watch the game, the Sabres may not have had great chances, but I’m going off of you saying “the worst team with the worst offense in the league.” How’d they play last night? Good chances or no?

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        “but I don’t understand this trend of evaluating offenses and defenses strictly by their past games”

        that came across wrong. I know that’s how you evaluate a team… by what they’ve done already. but in cases like this, it makes more sense to evaluate how they played in the CURRENT game. Honestly, since I didn’t watch the game, I kinda just want some insight on whether Henrik played great after the weight was lifted off his shoulders, or if the Sabres just sucked again.

      • xdj511 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Henrik made some great saves. The standout was one where there was a deflection and the puck was floating towards the net and he threw up his blocker and knocked the puck up and over the crossbar. For some reason the defense started sucking in the third period and Henrik had to stop several odd-man rushes and break-ins to keep the Sabres from getting into the game, until he finally let in the lone goal with a few minutes left.

  3. joey4id - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Henrik’s game and AV’s coaching experience are the 2 main reasons I don’t expect the Flyers to beat out the Rangers for the third spot in the met division.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      lol thanks for cutting right to the chase. that’s exactly the kind of info I was asking for from xdj…. but a bit disguised. but what makes you think the Caps hold where they are? I guess we could see OV carry the team again, but I honestly don’t think Holtby’s the guy for them to rally in front of. his play is more volatile than the Capitals’ play as a whole.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        former Atlantic divisionians (i wish that was a real word) have a way of using their goalies to steal games from the Flyers. Fleury, Lundy, Brodeur, and [insert Islanders goalie] playing not at the top of their games is the best thing for the Flyers in any given year. at this point in Brodeur’s career, I can begin to shift my focus to “how’s Henrik playing?” a little bit more.

      • joey4id - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        When I was writing my comment the very thought about where the caps would finish did cross my mind. Considering the headline of this article I chose not to include a comment about the Caps. Additionally, many Philly fans had expressed optimism that their team would be able to catch the Rangers considering the standing at the time, which is why I mentioned the Rangers.

        Since you asked about the Caps, then here is my response. The Caps have a much better than they are currently showing. They seem to be a team in perpetual turmoil. Going to back the lockout last year Ovi talked about the possibility of him and others staying in the NHL. Then other players said (I think it was Hamerlik) said things that were not appreciated by some his teammates. There has been 3 or 4 article published here indicating the Oates and the boys are not on the same page. My biggest questions for the Caps is; Who on that team will stand up in the dressing room and show leadership? I seriously doubt Ovi’s ability to do that effectively. If someone else does it, then Ovi may not like it. Perhaps it can be done by committee. A group of players may have to stand up with Ovi and get the boys to air our their dirty laundry and align themselves with the coach. I believe they have the players to hold on to third spot, but it’s difficult to predict how they will turn out considering the divide between players and Oates.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      ya the caps in 2nd are by no way a foregone conclusion. i think the flyers are a better bet there simply due to the superior goaltending. 3rd slot could very well be anybody judging by the way the division has been up and down so far, the only team thats been consistent is pittsburgh and i dont see that changing much

      • joey4id - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        I can’t disagree with you. However, I think it’s going to be extremely difficult for the Flyers to make it. The games they lost at the beginning of the season may come back to haunt them as they often do.

  4. topshelf37 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Couldn’t even watch this entire video, just so much turd burger!

  5. ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    this may be good for the Flyers. even though the wins weren’t coming, Vinny’s heart helped hold them above water mentally when they were in the basement of the Metro. now that they’ve got a bit of a grasp on where the team is as a whole, propping themselves up without Vinny may do wonders for the latter-season. IF they prop themselves up, that is. I kinda wish he got hurt about a week or two later though. Flyers aren’t out of the woods yet, but well on their way.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      son of a bi*** this posted in the wrong spot.

  6. nj666 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    One good game against the Sabres and all of a sudden that 7 year contract is somehow perfect? Jeez I’d hate to see the over reaction to a bad game…

    • xdj511 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Welcome to the blogosphere. We overreact over everything!

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        lol you two are the ones overreacting.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      who said it was perfect now? neither the headline nor the article said that. it just said that’s what the Rangers are expecting of him for that kind of money. that’s a true statement.

  7. drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Big fan of the King but let’s not get to lathered up over a win against a glorified AHL team.

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