Henrik Lundqvist’s Play Is Helping to Defuse New York Rangers Goalie Controversy

January 10th, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

Henrik Lundqvist isn't out of the woods yet, but things are starting to look up for Sweden's Olympic netminder. It goes without saying that the Rangers' starter has been less than “royal” thus far, and that led to Lundqvist receiving a role that included routinely opening the team's bench door while Cam Talbot stole the spotlight on Broadway.

You may say that this writer is getting ahead of things—because it has only been a two-game winning streak for Lundqvist—but his play has been starkly different as of late. Lundqvist has given up a few soft goals during the last few games, but he has stayed in the game mentally and physically.

While Talbot could still have a chance to steal the crease, it appears that Lundqvist is continually building off his starts, so don't plan on penciling in the Rangers' backup for consecutive starts in the near future.

Over the last week or so, Lundqvist’s play and on-ice demeanor has been much better, and that is helping to naturally defuse the goalie controversy that has been brewing this season.

Lundqvist is a very cerebral player who can cause more h ...

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