The New Jersey Devils actually looked like (at least) the slightly better team through 40 minutes of Game 1 until the New York Rangers turned things around to win the contest (and third period) 3-0. If there was a general consensus, it was that Henrik Lundqvist was probably the difference.
Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador believed that the score didn’t indicate how close the game really was and that Lundqvist was why it was a misleading result.
“Lundqvist did a great job in the first two periods,” Salvador said. “He kept them in.”
Martin Brodeur had a more amusing take on King Henrik’s game.
“From my view I saw him for about 10 minutes because there were so many Rangers players in front of him,” Brodeur said.
Nice. Ryan McDonagh credited Lundqvist with keeping the Rangers in the game but the great goalie shrugged off that talk to Katie Strang.
“You have to step up when the team needs you, not just when you feel good,” Lundqvist said.
The Devils, Rangers and experts raved about Hank’s work. For further analysis, check out what Keith Jones and Mike Milbury had to say about it.
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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.