— SportExpressen (@SportExpressen) January 15, 2018
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been doing everything he can to get the team wins. The frustration seems to be reaching the intolerable stage for the face of the franchise.
The stress of repeated mistakes by his defense, lack of scoring by his offense and the same questions by the media every game is beginning to take its toll on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Back to back losses against the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins this weekend might have been the hockey stick that broke the king’s back.
Henrik was speaking to Gunnar Nordstrom of Expressen about how things are going with the Rangers.
It his comment to Nordstrom, you can hear the frustration in his words.
“The last month has been hard and I’m getting tired of sitting here after each match and finding explanations. The truth is that we are talking about what we have to do on the ice, but then it does not turn into action. It must be done now, it’s time to start winning now.“
The truthful comments come after a weekend where his team was outscored 12-4.
On Saturday the Rangers suffered an embarrassing loss at home to the Islanders 7-2. Henrik came in the game in the second period to relieve Ondrej Pavelec, who like most of his teammates did not have his “A” game on Saturday. As Lundqvist was coming off the bench he pleaded with his teammates to keep their heads up and keep playing hard. It was to no avail as the team only scored once more in the game.
Saturday in Pittsburgh, the Rangers lost again to the Penguins 5-2. The team, without Kevin Hayes and Ryan McDonagh due to injuries, was outplayed, out-chanced, and most of the time out hustled by a hungry Penguin team throughout the game.
Henrik wears his heart on his sleeve and at 35-years-old he knows he is running out of time to win a Stanley Cup.