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Lundqvist: ‘There’s no question we beat ourselves’

Dec 20, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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This has been a dark season for the New York Islanders, but if the “misery loves company” line is true, they don’t need to look far. Their neighbors and rivals the New York Rangers aren’t faring much better, a point that was emphasized in the Isles’ 5-3 win on Friday.

This season’s realization that Henrik Lundqvist‘s life isn’t totally perfect continued, too, as evidenced by his dour quote to the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross.

“There’s no question we beat ourselves,” Lundqvist said. “We made some simple mistakes and I was not there to clean it up in the first.”

/Imagines Lundqvist and John McEnroe’s band switching to emo songs.

The Islanders won their first regulation game since Nov. 12 and just their fourth overall in that span. Meanwhile, the Rangers have just one win in their last seven contests.

It makes sense, then, that New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple would drop this “Seinfeld” reference about the two recently hapless teams:

At some point, these teams must become masters of their own domain …

  1. 19inarow - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Then the Isles are definitely George.

  2. crazemastercraze - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Flyers and Devils on the up swing, Rangers and Isles into a deep bottomless hole.

    • desertfan - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:57 AM

      How on earth does Sather keep his job?

      Photos of the owner??

      Think about it.

  3. charlieconway96 - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Two shorthanded goals, ouch.

  4. thesportsjudge - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    PLEASE tell me there is more to the quote, like actually giving credit to the victors. I HATE when the “We beat ourselves” statement is made, since you know, you kinda lost 5-3.

  5. 950003cups - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    LOL! “WE”? Turn the W upside down. Good job on the $59,000,000 scam. They don’t call him Heist Luck-vist for nothing.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      I can understand taking pleasure in a division rivals struggles (it’s what is keeping the Flyers and Devils in the playoff race) but you can’t dismiss Lundqvist’s entire body of work bc of a poor season. I’ve seen enough stellar performances from the King (especially against Philly) to know that it’s not all about luck. I don’t know what’s wrong with him this season (maybe hes adjusting to life w/o Torts’ shot blocking) but I don’t believe it will be the trend for the life of his new contract. And I’d still take him over most goalies in the NHL.

      That being said, if he doesn’t bounce back this season then the Rangers have no shot. Meanwhile, good win for the Isles but they have a long way to go to live up to the expectations they built for themselves after last season.

      • 950003cups - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Did you seriously just refer to Lundqvist as “the King”? Shame on you. He’s as much a “King” as Bryzgalov was in Philly. Bryz got you to the 2nd round too.
        Let me break it down to you in simple form.

        With 5 shot blockers and oversized pads:
        Lundqvist was able to squeeze out 2 rounds of 7 games in 2012. In 2013 he was able to get you out of one 7 game series which was the first round them got swept the next.

        Without 5 shot blockers and oversized pads:
        He can’t win a game. In the beginning he was giving up an average of one touchdown per game.

        I’ve heard the arguments about Brodeur getting similar help. That was from 1994 to 2000. After that he went to 2 more finals and winning one. Then in 2012 he went to the finals again, smacking down “The King” along his way. That’s a real King. Not that dork who puts on a hat with a crown and self proclaims himself a King.
        He was paid a kings ransom. But that’s about it.

  6. 950003cups - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I can understand letting in 4 goals on 19 shots. It happens to the best of goalies. Henrik has been making a living of it. Maybe it’s in his new contract? He wanted that extra bonus for goals scored. LOL!!

  7. blomfeld - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
    on earth, as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      No video? You’re slipping.

      • 950003cups - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Don’t encourage him

  8. jaybyrd99 - Dec 21, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    this is like the pre-strike(04-05) rangers . bad goaltending,no production from their star players,lack of depth ,bad D and glen bleeping sather ! slats must go !

  9. jimeejohnson - Dec 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    You lost yourselves, too, chump.

  10. vshehane - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I love how no matter how the Rangers get beat, it’s always they beat themselves and the other team never has anything to do with it.

  11. newyorkislanderfancentral - Dec 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Flukeqvist as usual no class. Only thing bigger than his ego and getting coaches who don’t trap or play five diving goalies for him is his overstuffed equipment.

    Talbot’s not only the better goalie but the better team player.

    Surprised Fluke did not sit out like with his contract getting finalized because he was scared of getting hurt and his deal being voided.

    Nice to see New York win at home in front of our fans and the Knicks fans.

  12. cjnbsc - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Really. No one else took the cheap laugh from the headline ?

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