2. Henrik Lundqvist Hungrier Than Ever
In the previous two cup runs for the Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist has at times needed to carry his team through games, and without him the Rangers wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near as far as they did.
It’s been heartbreak after heartbreak for Lundqvist, but the past two years must be playing on his mind. He knows his team can win, and he knows he is the man to help get them there. Lets be honest though, he isn’t getting any younger. He knows he needs to win a cup sooner rather than later, or else soon it could be too late.
Lundqvist had seven straight 30-win seasons to start his NHL career and his total of nine are fourth in NHL history. He’s been unbelievably consistent throughout his NHL career and he is a surefire Hockey Hall of Famer because of his amazing career achievements both in the NHL and internationally.
Lundqvist may not be as young as he once was but he’s still achieving great numbers, and has rightfully earned his name as “The King.” In the 2014-15 season he finished with a record of 30-13-3, with a GAA of 2.25, and a .922 SV%. You can check out Lundqvist’s complete NHL stats here.
These numbers may not be as impressive as Carey Price’s stats were for the Montreal Canadiens, who finished the season with a record of 44-16-6 with a GAA of 1.96 and a .933 SV%, but lets not forget that Price is six years younger that Lundqvist and he played a full season with the Habs a season ago.
It’s probably safe to say Lundqvist’s career won’t be complete until he’s lifted the Stanley Cup, but can he do that with the Rangers? Absolutely. They’ve been so close to the Stanley Cup that they can almost smell it, and Lundqvist is hungry.