Skip to content

PHT Morning Skate: Lundqvist still replaying Martinez’s Cup-winning goal in his head

Jun 17, 2014, 8:05 AM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist knows that eventually he’ll get to a point where he’ll stop replaying Alec Martinez‘s Stanley Cup-winning goal in his head, but it hasn’t happened yet. “It kills you, but you just have to get up and try and do it again,” he said. (Newsday)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have begun the process of interviewing potential head coaches. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

An overtime goal by Travis Morin in Game 4 has put the Texas Stars just one victory away from winning the Calder Cup. (

The Colorado Avalanche have set themselves up for another potentially heated round of negotiations with forward Ryan O’Reilly after filing for club-elected arbitration, but is keeping him even in their best interests? (Denver Post)

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault admitted that he’s got a player he’s leaning towards when it comes to who he will select to serve as the team’s new captain, but he isn’t ready to reveal his choice. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is believed to be the frontrunner though. (Newsday)

What’s in store for the Calgary Flames this summer? (Calgary Sun)

  1. rpiotr01 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    I love Hank, and lord knows he’s stood on his head his fair share of times in the playoffs, but if there’s one thing that concerns me it’s that he tends to dwell on stuff. You saw it this year when his contract situation was looming. It’s got to be devestating losing in the Cup finals but they got beat by a bigger, faster, better team. Yeah the Rangers hung with them and played with them but 4-1 in the series is not a fluke, not a matter of bad bounces. They’ve all got to shake this off and get ready for next year, and come back pissed off. That goes for the entire organization, top to bottom.

    • ajg314 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      I understand your point, and to a certain extent, I agree. But they’re human and they put in a lot of hard work to get to the point in the season they did and to then lose it takes a lot of emotion out of them. Yes, they need to get past it, get pissed off, ala the Spurs, and use it as motivation for next year. But I think they’ve got enough time before the new season starts up again that they can devote just a week or so to getting over it before they move on. All I devoted to the season was my emotion and passion for the Rangers and it took me two days to get over the way it ended, I can only imagine what those players were feeling.

  2. phtjoey - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Safe to say Lundqvist doesn’t have the mental toughness of the greatest of the greats of the game. Ex: Mark Messier, Patrick Roy, Gretzky to name a few. These guys deserve to be in the list of the greatest of the greats. Few have it, and many never will.

    • homerx - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      I doubt that’s the issue with Hank. Look how he responded after being pulled in the Montreal series. he has time to dwell on this one because it’s the biggest stage and the end of the season. My only concern with Hank is he has a tendency to let in an easy goal here and there but then stands on his head more often than not.

      He’s a keeper for sure in my book; let’s hope Sather puts some more solid pieces around him this off season.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      I’m not a Rangers fan, but I’m a huge Lunqvist fan. He’s played a lot of tough years in NYC, and this was his big chance. It’s not even a week out, and it’s a huge disappointment. Plus, they lost three games in OT. You’d have to be a Philly or Pitts fan to be questioning his toughness.

    • 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      In a few years when Lundqvist retires, all his worshipers will realize that after 9 years (so far), and one crack at the big dance, does not make you any different than other goalies who’ve had that same one shot and lost aka Dwayne Roloson.

      Many come, and many go. But few names last forever. Khabibulin, Ward, Giguere, Niemi, Thomas, Richter, Belfour, Brodeur, Quick, Crawford, Fleruy etc…

      You wont find Mr Lundqvist there. Three games went to OT in 2014 and each time the pressure was on the goaltenders. Lundqvist went 0-3 when the guy on the other side went 3-0. Brodeur faced a full strtength Red Wings in 95 and swept them. Then went to 3OT in game 5 and 2OT in a series clinching game 6 Final and won, then in 2003 he posted 3 SO’s to win an a series that went to all 7 games, including the 7th game.

      Lundqvist is just a flash in the pan and will never be remembered after he leaves any more than John Vanbiesbrouck is. Which is “a talented goalie who couldn’t close the final deal”

      • 950003cups - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        {QUE all the obvious]

        “We have more fans than you do so HA!”

      • 7mantel - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Give it a rest kid !

      • 950003cups - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        Nope! Paybacks are a b-och!!!!!!! Remember The Alamo!! Or in my case, Remember 2012!

        Sit back and take your punishment like a man, ranger boy!!!

  3. blomfeld - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM


    The bottom line friends is that Lundqvist can replay what happened in his silly Swedish brain for the next thousand years and it still won’t change a thing ! … no sir ! … good prevailed over evil and that’s the end of that ! Anyway, I’m not sure what this guy was thinking by playing his 666th NHL game last Friday eh ? And as if that wasn’t bad enough, he does that against a team which the good Lord already put his own money down on last September ? Talk about playing with fire eh ? :)


  4. bskid25 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Classic 950003 troll appearance. Maybe one day you’ll have some devil blogs to comment on. I have never seen a franchise ride 1 players cock like devil fans w brodeur. You’re aware there was a team in front of him right? Its unreal. I hate living in NJ only because of these people.

    • 950003cups - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:08 AM

      So move to the dumps of NY rag boy!! By the way, you HAVE seen a “franchise ride 1 players cock” ITS YOURS!!!! You’ve branded a player a king before he’s done anything at all. How fitting that he got dropped in 5 games and lost ALL THREE OT GAMES!!! LOLOL.

      Have fun! Enjoy being sentenced to yelling “MATTEAU MATTEAU MATTEAU!” for another 20 years! It’s at the point where 90% of the fan base has never seen the guy play.

      The world will end before the rags win another title. Have fun with your goalie-for-life!

      All hail the king without a ring!!

      Yeahhhhhh!!!! Screwed for life. Don’t bother watching hockey. You’re worse than the Knicks!

  5. bskid25 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Put lundqvist and his abilities w any of those nj teams back then, he’d also have at least 3 cups, probably 4. Don’t fault the man for having no support

    • 950003cups - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      No support? King Lundqvist has been blessed with superstar talent around him like King Nash, King “WITH A RING” Richards, King Staal, and King Girardi and King St Louis. All will be granted lifetime contracts very soon.


      I heard Brodeur is looking for a new team. Sign him. Then you can boast of having a real King.

      • 7mantel - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Your parents let you stay up at 2:21 in the morning ? NJ takes kids away from their parents for things like that don’t they ?

      • 950003cups - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        No, they take them away for endangerment. Like letting them be rags fans.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1509)
  2. P. Kane (1353)
  3. S. Matthias (1241)
  4. M. Zuccarello (1160)
  5. D. Carcillo (1125)