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One Tough Loss For Henrik Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Cup was on the ice, and the Kings were celebrating. It was 40 minutes after the dagger had been plunged into Lundqvist’s heart, and the franchise goaltender was still wearing his hockey pants, pads and skates. He sat in his stall in the locker room, his hands — left hand still taped — first clasped over his head, then covering his eyes and what had been a vacant stare, the King intermittently shaking his head, perhaps imagining what might have been.

In defeat, this was Lundqvist’s grandest hour, nearly an hour of hockey in which he had made 48 saves and had been a pillar of strength in repelling wave after wave of Kings attacks. But that does not change the outcome. That does not change the fact Lundqvist will go into his 10th NHL season searching for his first Stanley Cup, and the Rangers will start next season 21 years removed from their last title.

Nothing changes that reality for King Henrik.

“I knew going into this series that it would end in tears,” Lundqvist finally said after pausing to collect his thoughts when asked to articulate his emotions. “Tears of joy or tears of heartbreak.

“Right now it’s extremely tough.”

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Below, Darryl Sutter and Henrik Lundqvist in the handshake line...

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Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

they would have had a good chance if they actually had 2 players worth the 7-8 million dollar cap hit that nash and richards got.  Richards played better down the stretch, but it really sucks when two of your highest paid players produce the way they did.  Aside from lundqvist, who was unreal, all their high paid players were dissapointments.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/14/14 at 08:26 AM ET

blammo's avatar

Nash plays the game with one hand on his stick. We already know BR is grossly overpaid. And no superstar d-man. The King can only do so much.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 06/14/14 at 03:14 PM ET

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