by Patrick Hoffman on 01/16/11 at 02:12 PM ET
A National Hockey League goaltender can only take so much some times.
The perfect example of this is New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who threw some punches at Montreal Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty after Pacioretty crashed into Lundqvist in the second period. Lundqvist had clearly had enough as he was being bombarded by Canadiens’ shots (38 saves in the hockey game) and players.
Lundqvist’s punches manage to wake up his hockey club but it was too little too late as the Blueshirts fell to the Canadiens by a score of 3-2 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella said the following to Rangers’ web site beat writer Jim Cerny after the game regarding Lundqvist:
Tortorella had no issues with what his goalie did.
“I loved Hank doing that,” said Tortorella. “I loved his emotion.”
The team came oh so close to tying it in the third period but were thwarted time and again by Canadiens’ netminder all-star netminder Carey Price, who made 31 saves in the game. It was a third period in which the Blueshirts outshot the Canadiens 21-12 but the team simply ran out of time.
“We’ve got a game (Sunday) and we’ve got to build off what we did in the third (on Saturday), while also realizing that we can’t have the same kind of start,” said Dubinsky.
Tonight at Madison Square Garden, the Blueshirts will battle the Philadelphia Flyers in what should be a terrific hockey game. Hopefully, the team will build on what they did in the third period and use it against the Flyers and come away with two big points.
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