Interesting day, and probably a frustrating one, for New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
He made highlight reels for a fantastic save against Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan as he attempted to finish a tic-tac-toe passing play, and then probably made a few blooper reels when Ryan ended up getting some revenge in the shootout of the Ducks' 2-1 win.
With the Ducks leading, 1-0, early in the second period, Ryan Getzlaf made a perfect feed to Ryan as he drove the net, only to have Lundqvist make a sensational sprawling kick save on Ryan's tip-in attempt to keep the New York deficit at one. The Rangers later tied the game thanks to a goal from their big free agent signing, Brad Richards, to send the game to overtime. From there, the two teams ended up needing a shootout to determine the winner, and after being held scoreless through the first three rounds, Ryan had an opportunity to put his team in a position to win -- which he did. It probably wasn't the way he planned it, however.
After whiffing on his shot attempt, the puck somehow managed to slide underneath Lundqvist's pads for what proved to be the game-winner.
Here's a look at both plays, with Lundqvist's great save on the left, and Ryan's awkward looking goal on the right:
That's a rare miss for Lundqvist in the shootout, as he's traditionally one of the NHL's best goaltenders in the tiebreaking skills competition. Last season, for example, he stopped 39 of the 46 shootout attempts he faced, which was the best save percentage among all goalies that faced at least 20 shots.
Said Lundqvist after the game: "It's real frustrating to lose on that goal. I read the shot high, but he misfired on it. Obviously I should have played it differently."