King Henrik Lundqvist Finally Ascends to Stanley Cup Throne as Rangers Edge Habs

May 29th, 2014 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

NEW YORK—Henrik Lundqvist called it the worst start in his professional career.

No, he wasn’t talking about Game 5 against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday—he was talking about the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

Through eight regular-season games, Lundqvist was floundering under new coach Alain Vigneault, hired to replace the stern, defensive-minded John Tortorella. The five-time Vezina Trophy finalist looked more like an AHL goaltender in those eight starts, going 2-5-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. 

“It was a test,” Lundqvist said, “but it feels even better when you turn it around."

Henrik Lundqvist has 2GA or fewer in 3/4 of his games (15 of 20) this postseason. #NYR are 3/4 of the way to #StanleyCup title.

— Pete Jensen (@NHLJensen) May 30, 2014 Lundqvist overcame his putrid October and bounced back to have his usual stellar season, amassing 33 wins and a .920 save percentage in the process.

Maybe Lundqvist needs his back to wall. Maybe he needs adversity to find a higher level.

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