Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Henrik Lundqvist's Quest Towards Immortality
Last night Henrik Lundqvist made a statement, hes ready to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. After an incredible shutout performance in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden Lundqvist topped it saving 35 shots, shutting out the Capitals again in Game 7 at the Verzion Center and sending his Rangers to the eastern conference semifinals.
After falling just short last year to the New Jersey Devils in the eastern conference finals and carrying his team all season to squeeze them into the playoffs Lundqvist looks more determined than ever to bring his team all the way this season. Lundqvist, who has a 1.65 GAA in the playoffs, carried his team through the first round of the NHL playoffs against the explosive scoring Washington Capitals led by Alexander Ovechkin. Lundqvist looks this year that he is ready to quiet the naysayers who feel he cant win the big one. No one will ever question Lundqvist incredible playing in the regular season but they question his ability to dominate in the playoffs. However over the last two seasons Lundqvist is 3-0 in Game 7's and seems more focused than ever.
Lundqvist will also have a big break in their next opponent the Boston Bruins a team Lundqvist has been able to handle the last two seasons with him going 2-1 this year against the Bruins. The other two teams remaining in the east are another story the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa has been a thorn in Lundqvist side since last, when the Senators brought Lundqvist and the Rangers to a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals which Lundqvist won and this year in the regular season Lundqvist went 0-3 against the Senators this season and went 1-3 against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
The way Lundqvist looks this postseason thus far, it looks like it will be a hard task for any team to end Henrik Lundvist's journey to the Stanley Cup and Immortality. This is beginning to feel like the year the King finally takes his thrown, as not only a champion but undoubtedly the best goalie in all of hockey. The Rangers begin their Eastern Conference Semi-Final clash with the Bruins on Thursday night at the Boston Garden.