Stanley Cup Final: Henrik Lundqvist talks puck luck, turning series around following Game 3 loss
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Henrik Lundqvist’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final has been disappointing for the 32-year-old Rangers goaltender, to say the least. Two days after the hype of the Cup final finally making it’s way back to New York City after a 20 year hiatus, it could be all over as the Rangers and Los Angeles Kings get set for Game 4 on Wednesday night, with the Rangers trailing in the series 3-0.
The Stanley Cup will be in the building, ready to be taken out of it’s case and handed to Kings captain Dustin Brown, but this afternoon when Lundqvist spoke to the media following practice, he didn’t believe the Kings were out-playing the Rangers enough for that to be the case. Here’s more of what the 32-year-old netminder had to say ahead of the biggest hockey game of his life:
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On tomorrow night’s Game 4:
“Obviously when you play games where everything is on the line, you’re always looking to get a good start, you’re always looking to build confidence. A goal always gives you confidence.
So, you know, going out tomorrow we have to leave everything out there. Getting a good start will be part of it, obviously.”
On the possibility of turning around the series, despite being down 3-0:
“I think both teams know it’s possible to turn this around. They’ve done it, and we know we can do it. It’s not like we’ve been outplayed here, that’s not be the case.
They’ve been good, but I think we’ve been playing pretty good, as well.”
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On his overall play:
“I feel like I’ve been playing my game. I’ve been feeling pretty good. But in the end, you know, giving up three or more goals, it’s going to be tough to win.
But I feel like I’m in position. I feel like I’m tracking the puck pretty good. But it hasn’t been enough, so I’m going to try to raise my level and try to help the team here to get the first one tomorrow.”
Gauging the mood in the room:
“Well, it was a tough day today. It was a tough night last night.
You have to move on. You understand how serious the situation is and how tough it is for us to try to turn this around. But now we’re only looking at tomorrow and trying to win that game. That’s what we’re going to try to accomplish. Then take it from there.
But our mindset right now is just to have a really strong game tomorrow and get our first win.”
‘Puck luck’ and the Kings goals in Game 3:
“Well, you earn it [luck]. You always say you earn your luck by working hard and making good decisions.
I look at all the goals obviously yesterday, and it’s some skill, yeah, but there’s some luck, too.
Again, I’m not trying to take anything away from them. They’ve been playing well. They’re a really good team. They’re the best team we played so far. If we don’t play our absolute best, we’re not going to beat them.
We’re going to have to play really well and we going to have to rely on some luck, as well, in some situations.”
On the emotions of the Stanley Cup Final series at this point:
“I think you feel a lot of different emotions right now, and anger is probably one of them. I think it’s important that you don’t feel sorry for yourself.
You know, you’re disappointed and upset you’re in this position. But at the same time you have to accept it and move on and get ready for the next game. But today, yeah, it’s not a happy room, obviously.”
Final thoughts on Jonathan Quick and Game 4:
“He’s a really good goalie. I’m going to need my best tomorrow to try to match that.”