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Lundqvist continues chase elusive championship

Apr 13, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist AP

At the age of 32, it would be overly dramatic to suggest that Henrik Lundqvist is running out of opportunities to win the Stanley Cup. And yet, after winning the Vezina Trophy and establishing himself as the New York Rangers’ all-time leader in wins and shutouts, his lack of a championship is the only glaring omission left on his resume.

“I just think, for me personally, the biggest goal I have left with my hockey is to win the Stanley Cup,” Lundqvist told Newsday. “For me, it’s exciting to think about it. It’s a challenge for me and for all of us here. It’s why we play.”

He’s one of the best goaltenders of his generation and he’s had some talent in front of him, but the Rangers haven’t been able to put it all together and Lundqvist has never led them past the Eastern Conference Finals.

Lundqvist added that it “surprises” him to what extent getting or falling short of winning the Stanley Cup defines a player’s legacy. His argument is that no individual is completely responsible for the outcome of a season and thus it shouldn’t be used as a litmus test when judging a star’s worth.

At the same time, there’s no question as to what he wants. The Rangers might not be regarded as a favorite to capture the Cup this season, but it wouldn’t be a Cinderella story if they do win. The talent and opportunity is there for Lundqvist to finally be a champion.

  1. iceman8383 - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Let’s Go Rangers!!

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Like Ovie, Lundqvist won’t win a cup with New York. NYR has never given him a legitimate threat of a team infront of him.

    • stakex - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      That’s just not true.

      For starters they came within two games of the SCF’s two seasons ago. If you make it that far, you are a legit threat. So you’re statement is wrong on its face, but it wouldn’t be true even this year. The Rangers offense could be better and have a bit more depth, but that’s their only weakness as a team. Their defensive group is second to only Boston in the East, and they have Lundqvist in net… and a good defense and great goaltender are the two biggest pieces of a Cup winning team. So the idea that they aren’t a legitimate threat is weak. Are they a favorite, no… but that’s not the same thing.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Nope, your team isnt a real threat until you are in the SC Finals … he’s never had a sniff actually.

    • 7mantel - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      BEAT IT LOSER !

    • billiam55 - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      ………..he fact that ur username is “pitpenguinsrulez” says everything i need to know.

  3. bleedrangerblue - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    The Rangers are playing well right now. Should be interesting what happens in the east. I would like to see Detroit beat Boston. The Rangers are strong. Lookout…

  4. billiam55 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    i really hope to see Lundqvist win the cup in that blue sweater one day. If he doesn’t oh well. That will never change the fact of the great career hes had with the rangers with his great saves. No doubt he’ll go down as a legend to NYR fans. But theres plenty of time left.

  5. cofran2004 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    The rangers got what I view as a favorable match up in the first round. They just need columbus to either beat or extend pittsburgh to 7 games, and I think they’d have a legit chance to make the ECF’s.

    That said, I’m not overlooking Philly either. They can be dangerous, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they beat the rangers in 6 or seven games. That said, I predict the Rangers in 6. I expect both teams to hold serve at home in the first 4, but the rangers are too good on the road to not take at least one of the 3 played in Philly.

  6. chadhungwell - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    You Ranger fans are delusional. They have no shot at winning a cup this year. Even if by some miracle they win the East, any of the 8 teams from the West will destroy this team.

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