Lundqvist was chased from the Rangers' net Saturday after yielding six goals on 23 shots from the Penguins. Oh boy -- King Henrik was off his game and he knew it. "The second period, it was feeling of embarrassment to give up that many goals," Lundqvist said after the game. "But also a sense of hopelessness with not being able to come up with the saves and the score being the score in the second period, it was definitely not a good feeling." Lundqvist was outplayed by Penguins' rookie Matt Murrary and had been off his game since taking a stick near the eye in Game 1.
Lundqvist will start in goal Saturday afternoon for Game 5 against the Penguins. It's win or go home for Lundqvist, who was shelled for four goals on 18 shots before getting yanked from Game 4 in the second period Thursday. Yes, the King is backed in a corner in the series, but he's been in this situation many times before. As noted in the report, the Rangers have won 15 of their past 19 elimination games in the postseason, with Lundqvist being a major part of that equation. Evgeni Malkin, who put up two power-play goals and four points in the latest contest, is definitely going to be on Hank's mind as he looks to keep the Blueshirts afloat.
Lundqvist gave up four goals on 18 shots before getting pulled in the second period of Game 4 on Thursday against the Penguins. Although you can hardly blame the netminder for his team's lackluster performance, Lundqvist also looked ordinary in net, unable to steal this game from a Penguins team that clearly looks superior. Now the series goes back to Pittsburgh on Saturday with the Rangers' season hanging in the balance. On the bright side, Henrik and the Blueshirts did come back from a 3-1 deficit against the Pens in the 2013-14 postseason.
Lundqvist will protect the blue paint against the Penguins on Thursday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Lundqvist has been solid in the postseason as he has allowed a mere five goals in the three previous contests. Despite the perception, King Henrik can't win the series on his own and will need some offensive support from his teammates. In terms of fantasy value, the 34-year-old is one of the best netminders in the league, yet he is facing a Pens squad that can score, which should give owners pause when setting their daily lineups.
Lundqvist gave up two goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Game 3. Lundqvist was unable to keep his momentum going on home ice after the Game 2 victory. The netminder is heavily experienced in the postseason, now with 114 appearances (55 wins to 57 losses), but if the Rangers can't figure out Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh defense, the win column will be hard to come by. The 34-year-old veteran will look to do his part in evening the series Thursday.
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