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Thursday night the New York Rangers were in Pittsburg to take on the Penguins. In the second period the game was scoreless and both goaltenders (Henrik Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury) were playing outstanding, as usual.
The Penguins had a chance to get the games first goal when was Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist tried to capitalize on a 2 on 1 break out but Ryan McDonagh was able to get back to add pressure behind Hornqvist.
Mcdonagh failed to see Lundqvist come out of the crease and collided with him. Lundqvist seemed to be ok on the play but that wasn’t what he was worried about. Lunqvist was shouting at the referee because he believed there should been a whistle when he was hit.
The thing is, it was his teammate that hit him and there was no contact made with McDonagh that would cause him to hit Lundqvist. The fact that he wanted the play to stop is ridiculous.
I’ll sympathize a little with Lundqvist in the fact that he was mad about the play. As a former goalie, there were many times that I would get upset about a call or non-call on a certain play. I’d yell at the referee, I’d hit my stick on the goal post, but then I would relax and move on.
Henrik Lundqvist was out of control and out of line, especially as a professional; to return to the crease and throw the net against the boards. It was a childish play and he should be fined for it. It doesn’t reflect the game and nobody wants to see a player that can’t have some sort self-control. Personally I think he owes it to his team, if not for the league, to make a public apology.
On the other hand, it should be noted that he could have been seriously hurt on the play. I know this because my first of five concussions was on a play very similar to the one where Lundqvist got barreled over. There was head to knee contact on the play so if Lundqvist doesn’t have a concussion, he is lucky. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s suffering from more than neck spasms .
Lundqvist did end up leaving the game later on, reportedly with neck spasms. It is now confirmed that tonight’s starting goalie for the NY Rangers against the Washington Capitals will be Antii Raanta, because of whatever injury the King sustained.