Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist put on the display of a lifetime in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. (Kings Facebook)
Thanks to a heroic performance by the man in the cage and some goal-line saves, there is no sweeping involved during this year’s Stanley Cup Final as the Rangers held off the Kings to win 2-1 last night.
Madison Square Garden was silent in Game 3, it was the exact opposite in Game 4. MSG roared after every hit, screamed after every goal and showered their star goalie with “HEN-RIK.”
Henrik Lundqvist was the star of the show, saving 40 of the 41 shots that were sent his way.
“It was a battle the whole game,” said Lundqvist. “When they turn it up you need to rely on your teammates and some luck.”
New York started off the game skating extremely hard. Meeting every Kings player on the boards with force and were met with a resounding cheer from the MSG crowd. The Rangers skated with purpose and looked like a team that were potentially playing the last game of their season; they were rewarded for it.
The Rangers went ahead 2-0 in typical fashion, leaving plenty of questions in the mind of everyone watching the game. Would this be another typical Rangers performance?
Well, it wasn’t. The Kings would draw one back in the second period off a piece of Dustin Brown skill.
However, no one was more impressive than King Henrik. Lundqvist put on the display of a lifetime, especially during the third period, which was spent in the Rangers defensive zone for the majority of the period.
Whether it be the glove or stick of Lundqvist or snow keeping the puck from going over the line, the Rangers held on in a breathtaking final 20 minutes.
“We talked about whatever happens, we’re winning this game,” Lundqvist said. “We’re not losing two at home.”
With the loss, the Kings travel back to Los Angeles looking to win close the series and win their second Stanley Cup in three years. The Kings were on top of the Rangers for a majority of Game 4 and won’t need to change much, except for sending the puck to the back of the net.
With the win, the Rangers are now 5-0 in elimination games during this postseason and now find themselves down 3-1 to the Kings in the series. The Rangers head to the West Coast with one goal in mind, to send it back to New York.
“It’s not impossible, they’ve done it,” Lundqvist said.
Game 5 is Friday at 5 PM.