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Regehr wins first Stanley Cup, Sutter found it hard to not play him

Jun 14, 2014, 10:19 AM EDT

Robyn Regehr AP

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr hadn’t played in the playoffs since Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks. When the Stanley Cup was handed to captain Dustin Brown following the 3-2 double-overtime victory in Game 5 against the New York Rangers, Regehr was next in line to raise the Cup after him.

For Regehr, 34, it was his first time winning the Stanley Cup and while he was healthy enough to play after being injured against the Ducks, Kings coach Darryl Sutter said it was one of his hardest decisions to not play him in Game 5.

“I told Robyn that last night,” Sutter said. “Again, it goes back to last year, we got beat in the Conference Finals. Robyn got out of the hospital, played games, had to go back to the hospital, played games.

“He’d been out so long, that’s your biggest concern. Quite honestly I thought about it again this morning, about how much trust you have in everybody.

“By Browny doing that, it tells you how they feel about each other.”

As for finally getting to lift the Stanley Cup, Regehr didn’t know for sure he’d be second in line as ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun shared.

“I had a little bit of an idea. Matt [Greene] and some of the other veteran guys were talking about it before, and [maybe they] just said [to Brown], ‘If you wanted to give it to Marian [Gaborik] first,’ but I guess they thought I was older than him, so I have a little more seniority. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s taken me 15 years. I got within a goal about 10 years ago. Just to get back here again was just awesome.”

Regehr said he had a hard time putting his skates on and just getting dressed to be on the ice for the ceremony is something he’ll never forget. After coming so close to winning it all in 2004 with Calgary, he’ll never have to worry about missing out on glory again.

  1. 950003cups - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    It’s starting to sink in. Lundqvist isn’t a choker goalie. Should’ve had a cup by now. He’s cursed with great players folding in big spots. When he had Gaborik, nothing was happening. Now look at him.

    Poor guy. Stuck on a cursed organization.

    Quick will win our next gold medal!

    • blomfeld - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      666 …

      you do know that last night was Lundqvist’s 666th game played in the NHL eh ? … just saying …

  2. afce22 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Hard to understand the kings fans who can’t be gracious winners. Lundqvist stood on his head and kept the Rangers in it. He’s got nothing to be ashamed of and his numbers in elimination games are remarkable

    As brassard said after the game the top two goalies in the league played in the cup finals

    • cybernetikghost - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      It’s hard to be a gracious winner when you have heard a lot of isht-talking from the previous series so I think it’s just pent up aggression. If Kings fans are trying to beat down the Rangers or Lundqvist, they are just wrong. It took the Kings 52 shots to get 3 passed him. I think it speaks for him.

      • blomfeld - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        if you want to get down to brass tacks then …

        the bottom line is that Lundqvist absolutely `epitomizes` the modern day Michelin Man goalie of today`s NHL ! … yes he`s good at what he does … however even a blind squirrel can see that any athletic 6`4 human being wearing `highway` billboard-sized padding equates to essentially nothing more than erecting a 4×8 plywood sheet in front of the net … Lundqvist obviously `meant well`and his efforts were `acceptable` enough … but in the end, even his ridiculously `large` presentation couldn`t thwart that which God ultimately desired !

        Go Kings Go !!! … Today, Tomorrow and Forever !!!

      • brianguyy - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        go on the NHL facebook page….all the Rangers and Blackhawks fans are blaming the refs and have been doing so for the last week+. both got more calls than the Kings in the playoffs, and specifically in those two series. heck, the Rangers were gifted powerplays in OT *and* 2OT in Game 5. too bad their PP was only good for an 11% conversion rate, and the Kings PK was up to the task.

        gracious? why can’t these “fans” just admit that the best team actually won?

      • brianguyy - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        51 shots…. but Quick gave up 10 goals in the series to Lundqvist’s 15. in the end, we saw what goalie and team was more up to the task of winning the cup. just like the first 3 series to win the West.

        Lundqvist was roughly equal to Quick to start the series, even though the Kings still prevailed. Quick absolutely schooled him in game 3, and Lundqvist edged him in game 4. in game 5, Lundqvist played some of his best hockey but in the 3rd period and 2 overtimes, Quick was just as good and didn’t give up anything on what would normally be a handful of “sure” goals.

    • hrudey - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      A lot of the people pissing on Lundqvist aren’t Kings fans. Real Kings fans are delighted with the win and are glad they don’t need to try to beat him again, because the guy is a legitimate superstar goalie. Every fan base has their a-holes, and every fan base has the great fans. Hopefully some day having some fans be d-bags can be a surprise, but right now it’s par for the course. :(

  3. bleedrangerblue - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    This one hurts like hell….

  4. djshnooks - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    That’s why all Sabres fans were rooting for the Kings…Regehr’s a class-act.

    As for Lundqvist…he gave up like 4 goals on 13 shots in that one game. He might be good, but I wouldn’t call him the best.

    He can’t even sniff Hasek’s jockstrap.

    The problem is he has scrubs like Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis making a combined $20 mill and combining for 1 point in the finals, up til game #5.
    Their best player was Benoit Pouliot, and that is pretty sad. Getting rid of Callahan was a mistake and it cost them a cup.

    That’s why you don’t mess with Upstate-NY boys…can’t wait for Dustin Brown to bring the cup back home where it belongs! :-)

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      you’re right, the top dogs on NY didn’t do shiite… time to get rid of Richards and Nash… Columbus won that trade, the best player turns out to be Dubinsky… lols how’s that trade look now on Howson…

  5. djshnooks - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Sorry thought it said best ever.

    Still take Price out of the East though.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Price isn’t even top 3 in the East.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        you really are clueless… Price tops in the East

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        Really? What is his career GAA? Like 2.5? GTFOH

  6. cybernetikghost - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I’m glad Brown passed it to him, and love the respect these guys have for each other.

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      browns not one to show respect for fellow players typically either

      • cybernetikghost - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Totally agree! I think he won the ‘C’ in a game of dice or something….

        GTFO

  7. hockeyornothing - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Sorry. You’re wrong I think. Lundqvist definitely tops in the East. Put a team in front of him and watch out. I was nearly waiting for his wife to say something like Giselle B did about Brady like “what else do you want from him ….to score too?”

  8. mz1394 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Who’s the bigger joke the sabres or sabres fans. 1 moron speaking on behalf of the whole sabres fan base might b the dumbest post ever though

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