Lundqvist knows he has to be better for comeback to be possible


Here’s my story from practice today, for The Journal News and (it’s the unedited version, so please excuse any typos).

By Rick Carpiniello

GREENBURGH – The last time the Rangers needed to win two in a row at home, Henrik Lundqvist allowed six goals in two victories. The last time they needed to win two in a row anywhere, he pitched two shutouts.

Either way, Lundqvist has to be better in Tuesday’s Game 3 of the Rangers’ second-round series with Boston, which they trail 0-2. He allowed eight goals in two games in Boston, including five in Game 2.

“You’re never happy or satisfied obviously giving up five goals,” Lundqvist said. “But you have to move on. Take the good parts, bring them with you, and try to learn as much as possible. There’s a few things I have to remember … but also you need to get some good bounces too. Boston earned it by working hard and making really good decisions out there.”

Lundqvist surely gave his teammates a scare when he landed on his left shoulder awkwardly late in Game 2.

“It’s under control,” he said following a full practice Monday. “Everybody’s sore. It’s the playoffs.”

But what isn’t under control unless the Rangers win Game 3 is this series, which heads to the Garden, where the home team was 3-0 in the first round.

The comeback from 0-2 against Washington last week was only the second such series win in Rangers history – the other in ’96 against Montreal. But as Rangers coach John Tortorella said, most of this team has now been through a lot of situations where it has had to win playoff games, including the need to win two in a row (Games 6 and 7) against Ottawa last spring, and twice against the Caps (Games 3 and 4, then 6 and 7).

“You have to believe in yourself and your teammates that  you can do it,” Lundqvist said. “We’ve been here before. But we’re not looking too far ahead. We’re looking at the first period (Tuesday), get a good start at home, build some confidence there and we’ll see where it takes us.

“Every series is different, but your approach doesn’t change. Like I said, you focus on your first period and you move on. Hopefully it can build something – a strong first. If you start looking too far ahead – we need to turn this around … start very small right now.”

As Tortorella said, it starts with correcting very correctable, and highly uncharacteristic, defensive breakdowns and blown coverages.

“The way they scored their goals – the first one was a trailer and we’ve been pretty good at finding guys late,” said Ryan McDonagh, who was paired with Dan Girardi at practice. “Washington did that a lot and Boston does it a lot. We got hurt by it one time. We know how to defend those kind of plays. For us it’s battles and whatnot, defensive coverage, and things we’ve been doing well.

“You can’t think about it too much after it’s all said and done. We’re still going to look at some tape and try and correct some things and make some adjustments here and there maybe. But our gameplan never really changed through the whole season and playoffs. It’s a matter of our compete level and effort level. That’s been there, so it’s a matter of execution, bearing down and defending and scoring goals.”


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  1. Nice writing, Carp. A lot of quotation. But do you, PERSONALLY think Rangers are capable to overcome deficit, based on CONTEST what you saw in the first 2 Boston games?

  2. eddie, I just happened across Frankenstein today. Still can’t believe Mary Shelley generated such a work at only 19, and did so as a bet. This is leading into the part where I say that Victor created Zdeno Chara.

    Lol, picturing Chara in skates and a Bruins sweater crouching outside that German cottage is making me laugh.

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Weird, I ran into a werewolf at Trader Vics
    His hair was perfect!!


  4. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Latona – word is Mary Shelly also created Malkin.

    SNation – he will rip your lungs out, Jim. – huh – I’d like to meet his tailor.

  5. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mike Babcock is the best coach in the world. I’d take him over 10 Torts.

  6. eddie, I just made that same remark about Babcock to a family member today. What a great coach. Two of his former assistant coaches are still in the playoffs as head coaches as well..

  7. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Latona – Babcock is calm, patient, prepared, and is a superb motivator. He teaches even during pressers. His players obviously love him and you cannot beat his results.

  8. a lot of the guys i play hockey with root for the wings and i’ve watched a lot of their games this season. datsyuk and zetterberg are superb. howard comes up big time and time again. the D is mean and hit hard. there is a lot to like about Detroit if you like hockey

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Is this real. I agree. The wings are easy to root for. They play the right way. Total team effort.

  10. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    Game. Set. Match.

    Rangers will not only win the next four games, they’ll go 40% on the PP.

    Torts had to have been working with the scouts and assistants every hour of the day. He knows this is the perfect chemistry assembled in years to win it all with his style.

    I’m not being ridiculous. I’m being real.

    It’s now. It’s tomorrow, it’s next week, it’s next month.

    Rangers will win it all in 2013. I don’t care of we never win one again. This is our year. It’s the perfect storm.

    It’s not over! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor???

    WHO’S WITH ME????

  11. Kevin Weekes. He hit it right on the head Carp. We’ve for the best goaltender in the league and we play this safe nonsense. See Games 6-7 of Caps series to see a bit more risky, open ice play. I think we won those games……

  12. they didn’t win Games 6 and 7 because they opened it up … that’s ridiculous. their offense was created by transition. And you’d better count up the legit offensive players on this team before you think they should run and gun.

    I don’t disagree. Matteau. As I’ve said, my life and job would be easier if he were gone, too. But the athletes don’t seem to be tiring of him whatsoever. And in fact have thrived with him.

    tommy, be afraid that with Gaborik gone, then Richards, there will be cap room aplenty to go shopping again in 2014. Another albatross contract … only this time there won’t be a compliance buyout available until the next lockout in 2020.

    Sorry, Manny. I knew I read that somewhere :)

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