Henrik Lundqvist Bears the Burden of Carrying His Team

December 10th, 2009 by Hot Stove New York Leave a reply »

Whether he likes it or not, the only chance the New York Rangers have of winning these days is if Henrik Lundqvist plays like Superman. The team has been offensively challenged most of the season and defensively challenged as well, so with that going for them, they need Lundqvist to be perfect, which is of course, impossible. Let’s look at the last three games.

They went up to Buffalo and tightened up their defense and lo and behold, came out of the game with a victory. Yes, defense is important. “The Rangers weren’t going to let us play inside,” said Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller.“They closed off (the middle).”

The team played a solid game and Chris Drury had this to say about their effort, “There were a lot of things we did well and we just played hard.” Yes, playing hard is important. Yet, they only scored two goals and were 0-2 on the power play.

Lundqvist shrugged off his slump and outdueled Miller, making 36 saves and combined with a better defensive effort. It added up to a win despite the woeful offensive production. Hank let in a softy at the end of the third p ...

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