After a tough start to the season, Henrik Lundqvist has been absolutely on top of his game. That was until 19:13 of the second period last night when he gave up an unforgivable goal to Ryan Carter…
Here's Lundqvist on the goal post game…
“It was just a bad decision. Reading it that he was going high and I think he fanned on it but I need to play it differently. It was a really bad goal and tough to give up at the end of the period."
After the game, Alain Vigneault said it was a goal "Hank would like to have back" and should have been a "routine save."
…i don't want to get too crazy about this as Hank has not only been superb lately, except for that goal, he was great last night as well, but man, you'd like to see him make that save.
…also thought it was interesting to hear Vigneault call it a "routine save" after the game. This is the second time this season AV has expressed his dismay with the Vezina winning goaltender publicly. The other was ironically after the Rangers other loss to the Devils earlier this year when he said Lundqvist "needs to be better." None of what AV has said is false, but I'd love to know how Hank feels about his head coach calling him out in the media twice. Definitely don't need our All World goaltender suffering from confidence issues.
…wonder if AV will throw Hank right back out there Saturday night in Montreal (aka his own personal House of Horrors) or save him for the next night against the Kings at MSG. To me, it's not even a choice. AV has to go with Talbot and his new Ghostbusters mask to exorcize the demons north of the border.
When asked about Carl Hagelin giving up the back check on Carter right before the goal, Vigneault said he wasn't sure what happened as it was an easy first man on the puck.
…Hagelin's normally not a player who dogs it, so I wonder if he thought there was defensive help coming from Girardi who decided to slide down to the ice to block the shot instead of take the man. Likely a lack of communication more than anything.