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Lundqvist: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever been more determined to win a game’

May 30, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

Since the 2005-06 season, Henrik Lundqvist has been a standout performer for the New York Rangers. Along the way he’s won Olympic medals while becoming rich and famous, yet he accomplished a first on Thursday: Lundqvist is finally going to a Stanley Cup Final round.

Make no mistake about it. He wanted this badly.

It showed in the 32-year-old stopping all 18 Montreal Canadiens shots on goal, although you probably only need to witness this save to consider how much “King Henrik” wanted it:

If that low shot total didn’t indicate it, the Rangers enjoyed a great Game 6 as a team (their best performance of the playoffs, if you ask Alain Vigneault). Martin St. Louis raved about a fantastic overall effort.

Whether it’s the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings in the final round of this fantastic and competitive 2014 postseason, this much is clear: the Rangers will need more of these determined team efforts.

  1. 950003cups - May 30, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Habs were on fumes since Boston. The next one is where history is written. I wish him the worst of luck!

    • barkar942 - May 30, 2014 at 2:25 AM

      Wow! Suck down another bitter pill, will ya?

      • johnstone17 - May 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

        Can’t help himself Barkar.

    • fpstratton - May 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Henrik Lundqvist is one of the all-time great goaltenders. Good for him, making it to his first final. The Rangers will obviously be underdogs going in, but don’t sell them short. Lundqvist can carry them to the Cup. He’s that good.

    • fpstratton - May 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Not so. Montreal put up a stiff challenge and got better as this series wore on.

  2. canucks30 - May 30, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    There hasn’t been a team to win the Stanley Cup without a Captain since the 1972 Bruins.

    I wonder who the Rangers will send out to receive it if they happen to win?

    Lundqvist?

    I also don’t recall a team winning a Stanley Cup having traded their Captain mid-season.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - May 30, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Sorry to say it but either the Hawks or Kings are winning it all.

    • billiam55 - May 30, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      never know.

    • kevindunn21 - May 30, 2014 at 2:23 AM

      Going out on much less of a limb than if you proclaimed that the Penguins would win the series when they were up 3-1.

    • dwadholm - May 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      That’s EXACTLY what the Rangers want the Blackhawks and the Kings to think. Surefire way to lose.

    • fpstratton - May 30, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      They do look like the two best teams, but the Rangers’ discipline and their Hall of Fame goalie could help them pull the upset, especially if the Kings-Blackhawks series goes seven. One of those teams will be very tired coming into the final.

  4. nashernation - May 30, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    The key to this series was the transition the Habs had to make after they faced the Bruins. The Blue Shirts pace overwhelmed them until they we’re beat down. The Rangers are clicking defensively and offensively.

    • fpstratton - May 30, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Yes, I really like this team. Alain Vigneault is an outstanding coach

  5. georgejarkko - May 30, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Marty should STFU about “everyone pulling their weight” – the Bolts got a total team effort while Stammer was out for 2/3 of the season. He didn’t come to the Rangers because they were better than his old team, he asked to be traded – in the middle of an important playoff race, after a very classy 1000 Game ceremony – because he was a little butthurt.

    • stepanup - May 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Speaking of a little butthurt…

  6. LampyB - May 30, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    George you need to stfu and realize that its a business and he went home to live with his family. He sleeps in his own bed at night with his wife and sees his kids every day. You are such a moron.

  7. papajack1259 - May 30, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    He wants a cup Tampa Bay ain’t winning no cup in St Louis time maybe Ingla should of gone to NY?

  8. joey4id - May 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Lundqvist: “Tonight, I don’t think I’ve ever been more determined to win a game.”

    Why not have this attitude every playoff game? I hope he brings this attitude to every in the SCF.

    The best of the best elite athletes are determined to the max every time they compete. Why is this guy not there yet? I supported this guy based on his numbers when others were knocking him. He wanted and got the big bucks now he’s got to work on being at his best game in and game out. Stop checking out of and be prepared.

    • xaile94 - May 30, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Joey, I’m not bothered by your posts as much as others here (never given you a thumbs down!), but this is just lazy on your part.

      • joey4id - May 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        What do you call Lundqvist for nothing being determined enough to win game 5? His words. Not mine

    • fpstratton - May 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Lundqvist doesn’t give his all every game? Have you been watching the Rangers?

      • joey4id - May 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        What do you think?

  9. xdj511 - May 30, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Thanks for the trivia canucks30. I was wondering about that. I knew a team hadn’t won the Stanley cup without a captain in my lifetime.
    All three alternates were called on to accept the Prince of Wales trophy, but when the Rangers win the cup I think it’ll either be Hank or Marty that gets to touch it first.

    A

    • nebbah306 - May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Either Hank, or Brad Richards, as he’s been the de facto captain ever since Cally was traded.

    • ajg314 - May 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      If it isn’t Henrik, I’m hoping it’s Brad Richards who touches it first. Obviously the St. Louis story was/is critical and a tremendous amount of credit goes to him. But Richards was the one who had to suffer being a healthy scratch by Torts during an important playoff series last year. He had to sit there and eat his arm off and watch his team lose when he knew he could have helped. He made a tremendous “comeback” from that this year and he’s meant an awful lot to the Rangers’ success during the season and during the playoffs. My vote goes to Richards.

      • doknyc - May 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        if its not henrik, i wouldnt mind stefan or mcdunogh getting first touch….

  10. penvik - May 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I’ll say it again for the hundredth time. The finals are tainted this year, the team from the east is not deserving, it’s not the Rangers fault for this either. It’s the NHLs problem and it is a BIG BIG problem. There’s no disputing that Pittsburgh should be representing the east. Sadly, teams are allowed to do whatever they want to Sid because he’s the best and should be able to rise above. The second he stands up for himself he gets a penalty. Reffing is one sided to ensure that teams are as even as possible and it cost some of the better teams their season. It’s worse now than it’s ever been. Again, not the Rangers fault but such a shame that the finals are a waste this year. The Rangers are a couple generational talents away from being a true cup contender.
    Any bets on who’s winning next year?? Leafs, panthers, oilers, flames….. Yeah exactly, what a joke!!!

    • punksinplay - May 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      And that’s why everyone can’t stand the Penguins. Constant whining.

    • doknyc - May 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      i”ll say it again for the hundredth time.. penvik is an absolute idiot when it comes to hockey…

      why play the regular season at all, and seed teams then? why dont you and sidney go elope to the KHL…

    • lombardisshineinfoxborough - May 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Wow, are you kidding me? What on earth makes you think the Penguins should be representing the East?? They weren’t even the 1 seed and the team that was the 1 seed smoked them just one year ago.

      The playoffs are a different beast altogether and so many factors come into play as far as who advances….from match ups, to hot goalies, to health, etc. I don’t think there’s any question things broke right for the Rangers, especially Price being hurt, but that happens to a few teams in almost every post season. Bottom line, whoever comes out of either conference deserves to be in the finals. And I think this year’s will be great, regardless of whether Chicago or LA advance.

    • stepanup - May 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      A couple generational talents from being a true cup contender….

      So, what you’re saying is if you have four strong lines, you’re less deserving than having two superstars, which you “earned” through being a pathetic franchise for years.

      Why do I bother?

    • fpstratton - May 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Remember the Miracle Mets of ’69! No one thought they stood a chance against the Orioles.

    • trolltoll11 - May 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      lol at penvik. butt hurt much? Penguins and Cindy will not win another cup. They have no depth, extremely top heavy and most importantly play entitled instead of with heart. No one and I mean no one can take anything way from the Broadway Blueshirts. They have scratched, clawed and poured their hearts out for the chance to hoist Lord Stanley. They will go in as the big underdog and once again silence all of their critics. Let’s Go RANGERS!!!

    • fpstratton - May 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Pittsburgh should be representing the East? They struggled to beat Columbus. No offense to Columbus, a vastly improved team that should make its mark in seasons to come, but I don’t understand this statement.

    • cofran2004 - May 31, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      yeah. about that…

      They play the games because thats how you see who’s better. As the penguins couldn’t put the rangers away, they were not good enough.

      You’re a mucking foron. And yes, I know I dyslexia’d the frack out of that. But I think you can figure out what I mean.

  11. spydey629 - May 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Dear Lord. Don’t lump all of us Pens fans in with Vik. I’m embarrassed for him…

    Would I love to see the NHL (and its officials) “protect” its superstars? Absolutely – just like the Michael Jordan in his prime NBA and the Greztky in Edmonton days of yore. But that will never happen as long Canadians run the show. Promoting superstars is too American, and fourth line pluggers from Saskatoon deserve as much publicity as Crosby, Malkin, Stamkos, Ovechkin, Kopitar, Kane, Toews, or any other “star” you could name… The NHL will always cut its nose off in spite of its face. Most of us realized that a long time ago.

    That said, the NHL and its officials had NOTHING to do with the Pens blowing a 3-1 lead in a series they very much had in the bag. A certain coach who can’t (won’t?) make adjustments and an extreme lack of sand paper is the main culprit there. Blame the Pens for not responding to Marc Stahl attempting to decapitate Sid, not the refs. You’re using a macro argument to solve a micro issue. It doesn’t work that way.

  12. ermur221 - May 30, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    All hail King Hank!!!!!

  13. mrd5c - May 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Penvik + joey4id = poop

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