Monday, April 12, 2010
|From henrik lundqvist|
Yes, that's the title of the post. I came back from my Twin Cities trip (couldn't get a station to listen to the game) to find myself wincing and sad for Henrik. He made 46 saves in one game! 46 saves is a hell of a lot. Most games he does 20-30 and that's it. He made 46 saves and it went to a shootout. He was dead tired, exhausted. The entire season fell onto one game and one guy: Henrik Lundqvist.
“I was dead tired”
Why did this happen? The fact that an entire season and game rested on our guy Henrik's shoulders is not a surprise. The Rangers have sat back and waiting for Henrik to save their asses all season. Too bad they finally woke up and started to play relatively decent just these last few games. Otherwise the entire season wouldn't have hinged on one game.
And Henrik was just overplayed this season. Where was his rest? We got a backup goalie but why wasn't he used? Henrik was stunning in this game from what I've heard. Some damn outrageous saves. He bled blue. He gave his heart. 46 saves. But he was dead exhausted by the time the shootout happened.
I hope Henrik knows it's not his fault. But I'm pretty sure he's probably still in the post game shower trying to drown himself. Henrik, you didn't lose the game. The only reason the Rangers had a chance at the final playoff spot was because of Henrik. Henrik wanted it. He gave his heart and they still didn't make it. It wasn't due to Henrik that they didn't make it.
Henrik, of anyone, deserves the Vezina. He plays goalie and carries an entire team. He's phenomenal. We all already know that though. Give the Vezina to the deserving goalie this year, not the goalie attached to a team that wins alot. Henrik is the best goalie.
I'm sure this stuns Henrik and hurts him worse than anyone else on that team. He made playoffs with the Frolunda Indians. He made playoffs with the New York Rangers. But when you're head and shoulders above everyone else on the team, there's only so much you can do. Henrik couldn't carry them all the way this year.
The season’s over and it sucks.
The Swedish sports papers are even wondering when Henrik will ask to be sold to a better team. They also pointed out that Henrik missed going further in the Olympics and now with the NHL this season. Yeah, that's got to hurt.
I don't know what Henrik is going to do for the next few weeks other than sit and stare blankly at the wall in shock. I hope someone is there to snap him out of it. Get him down to his pad in South Beach Miami, throw him on the beach and get him as far as hockey as possible. The guy needs to recoup, recharge and just get a much needed break.
There is not much to say. The season is over and it sucks, "said Henrik Lundqvist, and leaves the locker room. Lundqvist did not want to answer any questions about any World Cup games.
Well, no shit.
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Watching Henrik in this post game interview makes me want to cry.
Here's to you King Henrik. You still kick ass and deserve so much more.