Somehow the "routine save" comment that was made by Alain Vigneault when referring to the weak goal Henrik Lundqvist allowed against the Devils Tuesday night has now leaked into a third day.
When asked about the coach's criticism yesterday, Lundqvist said (via New York Post) the blame "should go for all of us" and it wasn't that goal which cost them the game, it was a breakdown on the third period winner.
To Lundqvist's credit he did agree with Vigneault's assessment and added this…
“Sometimes, I feel like you can hide behind the team, say ‘We, we, we,’ but at some point you have to be honest with yourself,” he said. “Obviously, being a goalie it’s easier to just look at the guy’s performance every night, but I definitely don’t have a problem with that.
“That’s the world I live in as a goalie. You can make 20 good things and one bad thing, and you only talk about the bad thing out there. At the same time, I can have games where I make a mistakes, but we still win and people think I played really well. That’s my world, that’s a goalie’s world, you just have to accept it.”
…yes, I get that Lundqvist is a big boy and has to face the music when making a gaffe such as the one Tuesday night, but the fact that this is still being talked about two days later is the biggest reason why I'd rather Vigneault keep his criticism in the room. Stand behind your players and don't add fuel to the fire. The press is just chomping at the bit for a comment like that to run with. And in this case they have.
…while I give Lundqvist credit for answering every question regarding the Carter goal and acknowledging that Vigneault's comments were appropriate, I've got to admit, I didn't like him deflecting some of the blame onto teammates. Be a leader, take your medicine and move on.
…to be honest, I really don't feel like any of this is big deal and not a product of anything negative going on behind the scenes. It's nothing more than a creation by the media looking for readership, which I guess I'm feeding into, but I felt I should at least put it out there for you guys to debate. Man, we need a game.