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Therrien: ‘Phenomenal’ Lundqvist ‘stole the game’ for New York

May 19, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT

At the end of a day where goaltending was the No. 1 storyline, Michel Therrien decided to stick with the narrative.

“The reason we lost the game was [Henrik] Lundqvist,” Therrien said following Monday’s 3-1 loss in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final, per “Lundqvist was phenomenal. Phenomenal. Stole the game.”

Lundqvist was brilliant tonight, stopping 40 of 41 shots for a .975 save percentage. It was the Swedish netminder’s first 40-save effort of this postseason and the fourth time in the last five games he’s held the opponent to just a single goal.

Also, this:

What’s more, Lundqvist is now riding a five-game winning streak and over that stretch, has stopped 162 of 168 shots faced — so while Therrien is right in saying Lundqvist was phenomenal on Monday, it really goes beyond that. The 32-year-old has the look of a man on a mission; a man determined to get to the first-ever Stanley Cup Final of his illustrious career and knowing that, with Boston and Pittsburgh out of the picture and Carey Price no longer an option for Montreal, this postseason by far his best shot at getting there.

“My goal is to leave it all out here,” Lundqvist said. “I want to inspire teammates.”

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see if Montreal can get after King Henrik. Coming into Game 2, there was much talk about the Habs exacting a measure of revenge for Chris Kreider‘s series-ending collision with Carey Price but, outside of an early first-period skirmish with Brendan Gallagher, Lundqvist’s kitchen wasn’t exactly cluttered and, even if it was, there’s no guaranteeing the strategy would work. Following the loss, Montreal sounded like a team content with its effort level and the number of scoring chances put on goal, only to be thwarted by No. 30 time and time again.

“I don’t know if we can focus on what he’s giving us,” P.K. Subban said. “We’re getting pucks to the net, we’re just not getting the bounces right now. We just have to stick with it, we’re going to get the bounces at some point and the puck’s going to go in for us.”

That’s what the Habs will keep telling themselves, anyway.


  1. stakex - May 20, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    What’s funny is, not only did the Canadians not “exact revenge” against Lundqvist… they almost seemed to be avoiding the net altogether at times. Lundqvist made some great saves, but a lot of the shots he faced were from the outside with absolutely no screen in front. You’re not going to beat him, or get some sort of lucky bounce, without bodies in front of the net.

    • homieshome - May 20, 2014 at 2:54 AM

      Lol yeah, that’s because Lundqvist didnt deserve any revenge done to him, he didnt do anything. Neither did Kreider, it was us who got our revenge for being wrongfully accused. This is the hockey Gods way of saying “quit whining”

    • johnstone17 - May 20, 2014 at 5:47 AM

      When they keep teams outside the dots, they are very tough to beat.

    • pepper2011 - May 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      They tried. PHT just doesn’t cover it. If this were Lucic there would be 10 blogs about it.

      • avscup - May 20, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        More whining from the sour butch! It’s ovah, move on.

      • pepper2011 - May 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Not sour at all. well, I am, but I accept the loss wholeheartedly. It’s also not whining. I am not saying anything about how the Bruins should have won or deserved to. IN FACT – I have stated Montreal deserved the series.

        I just like pointing out the hypocrisy. If Lucic had done this; there would have been many blogs about it. it’s a fact.

        You are very witty with “ovah”. It is so original. It really is. Where did you ever come up with such an original idea at an attempt to make fun fun of people from Massachusetts?

      • pepper2011 - May 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Also more on the “Boston” accent.
        It’s not an insult. There are people who talk like that and they don’t care. There are people who don’t have an accent and think the people who think that everyone from MA does- are idiots.

      • charlie24zz - May 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        I don’t think Prust veering into Lundqvist for some potential little contact compares to Lucic spearing dudes in the nuts man

  2. iknowwhatimsaying400 - May 20, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    This coach needs to stop talking to the media and start coaching. I don’t think I’ve seen the Habs use a single timeout this playoffs. Might have helped them late in the game.

    • iknowwhatimsaying400 - May 20, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      these playoffs*

      • pfhockey - May 20, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        *this playoff

    • avscup - May 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      He took one in game 1 after three quick goals.

  3. oneil1234 - May 20, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Montreals coach is a idiot, does no one remember their series against Ottawa?

    • joey4id - May 20, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      I think you’re exaggerating. Sure he should things he shouldn’t have said, and he’s certainly stayed away from that this year. Regardless of all the merde you’re trying to stir up, Therrien as done a very good job this year and the Habs have filled up their coffers in part thanks to him. So! Don’t be what you call others.

  4. puckluckpost - May 20, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    “We’re not getting the bounces right now… We will at some point” ~ P.K. Subban

    You got all your “bounces” at some point last week.

  5. puckluckpost - May 20, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Lundqvist “stole” the game and St. Louis “stole” your Dream.

  6. brandotho - May 20, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Once McDonagh scored off of Gorges to tie it 17 seconds after Pacioretty’s lucky goal, the Rangers were mostly in control. Montreal had plenty of chances and Lundqvist was sensational, but the Rangers overall played a great game. Montreal was full of energy and aggression.

    • bmy0913 - May 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Yeah, all of the analysis I read this morning was crediting Pacioretty with banking that home. That just didn’t happen that way. Yes, the Habs came out hard putting shots on net, but that as an absolute fluke goal. They put together some solid shifts and put a lot of pucks on net, but with Lundqvist playing so brilliant and the transition game getting it going, I saw a team in control.

      • puckthehabs - May 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        C’mon now…he scored that WITHOUT too many men on the ice this time.

  7. blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Nelson: have the French struck their colors ?

    Hardy: not as yet sir …


    Pierre Charles Jean Baptiste Silvestre de Villeneuve (31 December 1763 – 22 April 1806) was a French naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars. He was in command of the combined French & Spanish fleets that were defeated by Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar …

    Friends, one of my most favorite historical readings is the account of Villeneuve taking his ship back ‘against the line’ in an effort (albeit futile) to save a fellow Frenchman right in the teeth of a ‘withering & devastating’ fire from the Royal Navy, during the ‘pivotal & climatic’ moment of action at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. And in that context, I would submit to you tonight that Les Habitants have yet ‘something’ in store for the Rangers of New York ! Yes sir ! And even though I’m personally not of French stock, I nonetheless respect these people for their ‘honorable & relentless’ pride, their ‘unflappable’ backbone and their ‘esprit de corps’ as a group !

    MAY GOD BLESS MONTREAL, JOEY AND THE HABS !!! … La victoire de mai être vôtre! :) :) :)

    • joey4id - May 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      thanks, me. 😉

  8. President Charles Logan - May 20, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Rangers outplayed Montreal… plain and simple that’s why they lost.

  9. nicofthenorthstar - May 20, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Every year it’s the same story. This year it’s Crawford and Lundqvist. Success in the Stanley cup playoffs requires dominant goaltending.

  10. pdmjr - May 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    I would’ve predicted the Rangers would win 5 straight but I forgot

  11. rpiotr01 - May 20, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    I thought this was Lundqvist’s finest game as a Ranger. He was aggressive, confident, position was perfect, great compete level. Yes there were a good amount of long shots from outside but he also had to fight through traffic to stop many of them. Subban is Ovechkin-like when he shoots from the point, in that those shots are AIMED. Not just winding up and booming and hoping it goes in, a few of his nine shots on goal had eyes and Hank was there to fight traffic, find them and stop them.

    The Rangers played an excellent two way game tonight but when a team gets 41 shots on goal you expect more to find their way in outside of a fluky bounce and deflection. Lundqvist was absolutely the difference.

  12. patshal - May 20, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    He’s just jealous cuz he lost. Go Bruins!!!!!!!

  13. papajack1259 - May 20, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    I think Therien is a good coach what can he say? he knows with Price gone and losing back to back in the Forum he is cooked. check the plus minus of Subban he can not do it alone and Markov is on the back side of a nice career. His only hope is that Tort comes back behind the NY bench I said it before they won their cup in Boston

    • bmy0913 - May 20, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Do it alone? Did you even watch the game? Subbans got a bomb of a shot, but lets not forget-he is a defenseman. And in that role, he couldnt have played worse. He got smoked on the odd man that Nash put home, his back check was sloppy, and his transition between the blue lines is so cutesy sometimes that its an almost guranteed turnover. Although, I will give him credit for a few craft entries. Regardless, you can deke dump and chase on your own all you’d like, but when you do you walk right into three of the wrong colored jerseys on the corner boards.

  14. heynyc61 - May 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    The Forum? That arena has been closed for 20 years. They play at the bell centre. Just sayin

  15. billiam55 - May 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    the king.

  16. iceman8383 - May 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    All Hail the King!! Let’s Go Rangers!!

  17. gonebats - May 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    King Henrik is in the Habs minds, and that is a good thing! Let them continue to think about Kreider and Lundquist! Better they refuse to shake Chris Kreider’s hand after the Rangers win the series!

  18. dropthepuckeh - May 20, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Where is Habsman/Montrealbbr? Usually you are all over this and proclaiming how great the Habs are etc – why no posts now? Surely you have some whining about the Rangers brutes…

    • puckthehabs - May 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      They are on the cusp of hibernation season in Montreal

    • drewsylvania - May 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Wait, they’re the same poster?

    • charlie24zz - May 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Why are you two chirping? Aren’t you bruins fans?

  19. barkar942 - May 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Hey! How about that pre-game projection just before the teams come out all over the ice? Now that was exciting! (Did anyone else notice that they snuck in the video of Lundqvist getting beat while flat on the ice)?

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