May 17, 2013
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: 'Have I played bad in overtime? No. Can I score? No.'
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reacts after surrendering the overtime winner to the Bruins during Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal at TD Garden in Boston, May 16, 2013. (BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters)

BOSTON - King Henrik is pretty much a pauper when it comes to overtime.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist saw his career mark in playoff overtime games fall to 3-11 Thursday night when the Rangers dropped Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Boston Bruins 3-2 at TD Garden.

When asked if losing that often in overtime could have a cumulative effect, Lundqvist replied:

“I’ve got to be really careful to ask myself the right question there, because have I played bad in overtime? No. Can I score? No. Is it frustrating? Yes. My record is terrible in overtime, but I’ve just got to stick with it, play my game and hopefully it will turn around.”

The winner came when Boston’s Brad Marchand finished off an odd-man rush in the slot by directing a pass by Patrice Bergeron behind Lundqvist at 15:40 of overtime.

“I kind of knew (Marchand) was coming in the middle, but I was too locked on the puck and that’s why I made a stretch move instead of coming with my pads together. It’s a technical thing and it happened fast.

“Sooner or later when you face a lot of chances like that, you’re going to make a mistake. It’s not a mistake I’m going to sleep less over. I thought I played a solid game, but we just came up short here, in overtime, again.”

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca

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