The New York Rangers lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 4-1 last night, but the real story was Henrik Lundqvist‘s tantrum.
By Chris Wengert
Just so we’re clear, I think New York Rangers’ goal tender Henrik Lundqvist is one of the, if not the best athlete in New York City.
But last night was not his finest moment.
First of all, it would be great if Ryan McDonagh could stop taking out our best players, first Mats Zuccarello and now Henrik. While I’m saying that facetiously, I’m also a little serious inside.
We all know McDonagh plays extremely hard, but be careful, please?
Anyway, in an MSG interview Alain Vigneault stated that Hank was trying to alert a referee to an injury, but to no avail. That’s when the Ranger net minder decided to take matters into his own hands.
— Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) March 4, 2016
Hank was obviously hurt to some extent, because Hartford Wolfpack goalie Magnus Hellburg will be backing up Antti Raanta tonight.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 4, 2016
But this is the New York Rangers, not the Charlestown Chiefs.
If Hank needed to alert someone of his injury there are classier ways of solving that problem, rather than putting the opposition on the power play and your own team further in the hole.
And last night’s tantrum isn’t an isolated problem. Lundqvist has complained to the refs more this season than he ever has, and has visibly yelled at his teammates on multiple occasions.
Competitiveness is one thing, but a lack of professionalism is another. I’m sure the world-class goalie becomes frustrated at times, but he cannot let it pass the boiling point like he did last night.
Would Derek Jeter have picked up a base and threw it? Would Eli Manning kick a football in frustration?
Henrik Lundqvist will eventually go down as one of the best New York Rangers to ever wear the sweater, but last night’s antics were a bad job by Hank.