2010 Winter Olympics: Henrik Lundqvist Sets Olympic Record

February 25th, 2010 by Frank Castaldi Leave a reply »
Henrik Lundqvist's dominance of the 2010 Winter Olympics ended late Wednesday night.

Coming into the quarterfinal matchup with Slovakia, Lundqvist had yet to allow a goal. It took over 172 minutes for the opposition to put a puck passed Sweden's netminder. Ironically, it was Marian Gaborik, Lundqvist's teammate on the New York Rangers, that fired a one-timer passed a stretching Lundqvist.

Lundqvist, who broke Don Head's 50-year-old record, for longest time without allowing a goal, allowed two goals within 37 seconds during the second period.

Head, who set the previous record of 164:19 minutes, was Team Canada's goalie in 1960 when they won the silver medal.

Neither of the goals could be placed directly on King Henrik, as Sweden had mental lapses that led to both tallies.

Gaborik's, which put Slovakia up 1-0, was scored on a powerplay which resulted from Sweden taking a too-many men penalty. Lundqvist was also using a defensemen's stick when the puck just snuck by his left pad, as his was lost behind the net.

A few short seconds later, Sweden had a defensive lapse as Slovakia broke down on Lundqvist on a two-on- ...

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