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Don’t poke the King? Rangers unhappy with Pens ‘poking’ Lundqvist

May 12, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT

Anton Stralman, Chris Kunitz, Henrik Lundqvist AP

There’s been more than enough angst of late between the Rangers and Penguins. As both teams head for a Game 7 on Tuesday, New York isn’t happy about the way Pittsburgh has been treating Henrik Lundqvist.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told reporters following the game he’s not happy with the extra jabs Lundqvist has taken from the Penguins.

“We’re just trying to play,” Vigneault said. “One of the concerns we that have is there’s a lot of poking at our goaltender after the whistle. Always their same guys. They’re supposed to know goaltenders need to be protected.”

The Penguins have been crashing the net hard and trying to get at loose pucks is part of the game, but a lot of the goalmouth scrums wind up happening because of things like this. It’s something every team will do and the Rangers are likely guilty of doing similar things to Marc-Andre Fleury as well.

Then again, this could just be preemptive campaigning to earn a call in Game 7 that could help turn the game in the Rangers’ favor. Gamesmanship is fun.

  1. dolanster - May 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    How come there is no huge article with 100 comments about Hank giving Sid the water bottle treatment? Not a story when one of the league’s stars does it?

    • golfsox78 - May 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Because it doesn’t involve the Canadians. If this happened to a Hab 911 lines would be flooded with calls.

    • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Because no one wants to villainize Hank. A lot of the comments are public perception.

    • barkar942 - May 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      One of the league’s biggest stars, Lundqvist, squirted some non-star named Cindy. Why would the league say anything about that?
      (Let the Thumbs downing begin)!

      • moarjam - May 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Its water……..I laughed when I saw it. I would have had the same reaction had MAF done it to Nash.

    • blomfeld - May 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      “DON’T POKE THE KING” ?

      PFFT … MORE LIKE DON’T POKE THE SERF !!!!

      For the life of me, I’ve still yet to understand what it is ‘exactly’ that this Swedish clown is supposed to be the ‘King’ of ? I mean seriously, the man’s never won a Stanley Cup and the Rangers are nothing better than an ‘upper’ middle tier team … so what gives here ? Perhaps one of you Ranger/Bloomberg/Madonna lovers could elucidate eh ?

      *** Top Goalies on the Planet as per Captain Dustin Brown Esquire ***

      1) Jonathan Quick
      2) Martin Jones
      3) Ben Scrivens
      4) Jonathan Bernier

      38) Anti Eminem
      39) Henrik Lundqvist
      40) Alexander Ovechkin

      ONLY ‘REAL’ KINGS GET THE TITLE … LIKE QUICK, ELVIS AND SUCH AS !!!

      • barkar942 - May 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Hey Blom- you crawled under a rock at the beginning of the playoffs with your mighty Quick doing his best impersonation of Marc Andre Fleury. We all thought you choked on your sandwich watching the first three games. They won their first series, but they won’t get past Anaheim’s “Spin the wheel to see who plays in goal tonight to shut your Kings out”!

  2. golfsox78 - May 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    This is great. Hey Crosby?! You thirsty??? Have some water!

    • drewzducks - May 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      I’m shocked the U.N. hasn’t chimed in and begun an investigation into Henrik and Boyle waterboarding the poor dear.

  3. hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    I didn’t see any ‘pokes’ after the whistle, just before. Not legal? What I DID see what Kreider take out Fleury at full speed (whether or not he was pushed, don’t go that hard on a line if you can’t bail) and Rangers on top of Fleury all game. So what AV has is a brief case of hypocrisy, and I’m hoping it’s a 24 hour thing. He’s a classy guy, so the sooner he can end his BS the better.

    • bgrillz - May 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      He is a non stop whiner. Did you watch the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010? All he did was whine about Boston.

    • moarjam - May 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      wow….

      Don’t go hard to the net unless you can bail? Have you ever played hockey? He would have never hit MAF if he wasn’t pushed… Letang took out Fluery…with Kreider’s body. Even the biggest Pitt fan boy ever , Pierre McGuire, recognized how ridiculous the call was. You sound beyond foolish trying to defend it. Try some objectivity next time.

      • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        I wouldn’t have given him a penalty – but CERTAINLY you aren’t saying the goal should have counted…with the contact that deep in the net and in that circumstance. These days you can’t grab a guy and stop him – brought a lot of speed to the game. So fast forwards want an unimpeded line straight to that goalie. Not to the goal, to the goalie. So what YOU want, is for Letang to just let him go, correct?

        Yes – my opinion on these forwards trying to get that close for their opportune breakaway goal instead of holding up at some point further away and taking a shot is exactly that. If you can’t bail – DON’T GO. If a shove is going to make you hit the goalie in the head, then you don’t have a line. These forwards use it as an excuse more times than not. I’m all for much stiffer penalties for goalie contact, automatic penalties, not just judgement calls on whether goals stand or not.

        This is objective – I’ve been saying it all year long.

    • billiam55 - May 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      he was pushed u tard.

      • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        He never had a line, you tard. You can just read the rest above. It’s a problem. There were a lot of Pens breakaways especially short-handed – Gibbons damn near broke his leg getting out of the way of Hank. Maybe he should have just barrelled him over like Kreider. Forwards use that crap as an excuse way too much.

      • claudegirwho - May 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Doesn’t mean he needs to follow through with his arm he doesn’t do that and it’s probably not called. He needs to at least act like he’s trying to avoid contact

      • moarjam - May 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        I’m really not trying to be a jerk here but honestly what you are saying doesn’t make sense…

        You want Kreider to be forced to shoot the puck from 5 feet out, even if he feels a deke is a better opportunity, just in case the opposing defenseman decides to push Kreider, from behind and at full speed in his own goalie?

        To me, it’s all on the defenseman. You don’t want your goalie getting trucked? Don’t push someone go full speed from behind right into him. Simple as that.

      • hockey412 - May 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        It’s honestly no problem with me – I enjoy/welcome other views. I just disagree. Seen way too many hits on goalies from forwards who had a line except for that the defense is still going to play defense. You hit the goalie, you came in too far and recklessly, penalty.

        But – in light of all that – Hank got ‘poked’ before the whistle. More than once. Who the eff cares?

  4. pens87 - May 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Quite honestly, they are doing it because they need to. They are doing it to try to get in his head just like the rangers are in the pens heads right now. Save for a few unlucky bounces and a couple 1 on 1s he’s been rock solid this series, and the main reason the pens offense is not putting up higher totals. Hats off to the king, he’s played a great series so far.

    I expect the penguins to finally show some passion in game 7 as their backs are now against the wall. At the same time I don’t expect these rejuvenated rangers to be going anywhere either, and Lundqvist’s history of being clutch in games 7s is something to fear. Nothing better than a playoff hockey game 7. Here’s hoping it one hell of a game!

    • barkar942 - May 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Congrats, pens87, a truly objective look at your own team and their opponents.
      Personally, the keep saying how the penguins dominated the rangers in games 2 & 3. Personally, I think the Pens got all of the lucky bounces in those two games.The Rangers were totally dominant in most of those games 5 on 5. How many posts and crossbars did the Rangers hit in those two games?
      A couple of defensive mistakes and out of the penalty box breakaways were the difference in those two games. Game 4, Pouliot, Brassard, Zucc and Hank were the only four that came ready to play a game.
      It is unfortunate that it took the “real life” death of St. Louis mom to motivate these guys to play “a game”, which is all hockey really is.
      If you really think about it, that was a 4-0 game last night. Pittsburgh didn’t score on Hank- the Rangers Kline did. Hank is in his zone right now, and it should truly be a great game 7. Let’s just not have it be a five OT game. Whoever moves on against Boston or Montreal had better be as rested as them.
      p.s.-those two goals by Malkin were true works of art.

  5. bgrillz - May 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Vigneault is French for whiner. He always is whining about something. Memo to the NHL, please just allow the Vigneault coached teams to score on every face off, and hoist the cup every year. He will not tolerate any resistance from any other team. anything less than a perfect 82-0 and his goalie posting 82 shutouts is unacceptable, and will bring about his whining. Can’t stand this cat.

  6. 950003cups - May 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I can’t believe they forced a game seven. This would be a devastating blow to Pittsburgh that would likely result in people losing their jobs.

    • dolanster - May 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      People should lose their jobs. Like Bylsma and Fluery to start.

      • valoisvipers - May 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        I agree, that win or lose Bylsma and Flower need to go.

  7. flyboystransport - May 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Why is there so much whining in this series? You’d think someone was playing the flyers!!!!!!

    • avscup - May 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      This series? You should pay attention tot the Habs-Bruins! So much crying.

  8. billiam55 - May 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    lol remember when the penguins were up 3-1 in the series?

  9. bbmadface - May 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Because it’s the cup

  10. hockeyornothing - May 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Should have been a penalty shot for Kreider or just a good goal. Definitely pushed. If u watch it again it looks as though MAF falls before he’s even run into

  11. johnstone17 - May 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    If you feel someone is taking liberties with your goalie, put that man on his ass. I understand the gamesmanship mentioning it, but deal with it on the ice.

  12. lilgurgi - May 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    This is why the Flyers seem to have the Pens number when they play. If you play hard against the Pens long enough, they will start to unravel and start doing chippy/stupid stuff. The Pens are a good team between the whistles for the most part, but they are easily prodded into forgetting the game plan (quick puck movement, play with speed) for a physical game which they can’t win.

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