After shocking the Boston Bruins in Game 7, the Montreal Canadiens have run into the New York Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist–and they aren’t having much success.
After losing last night, the Canadiens are down 0-2 in the series, without their starting goaltender, Carey Price, and seemingly on their way out of the playoffs. Last night the Rangers won 3-1, with their star goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, making 40 saves.
It was another great performance from one of the league’s top net minders. P.K. Subban doesn’t think he’s been all that, however. In face, Subban thinks Lundqvist has just been lucky.
From the Toronto Star
“Sometimes the puck just doesn’t go in,” said Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban after a dispiriting 3-1 loss in Game 2 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “In the past, we’ve done those same things and the puck’s gone in.”
“So I mean, is he playing well? Yeah, but we’re doing a good job. Some of it is luck, as well. He’s getting a little bit lucky, but that’s what you need in the playoffs.”
Of course there’s always some luck that goes into things. Just last series the Bruins hit the post a dozen times. More often than not, however, things balance out luck wise. And if it is just luck, then the Canadiens just need to keep peppering Lundqvist with shots, and eventually they’ll get some past him.
Unfortunately for Montreal, they’re also going to have to play a little defense as well. Their first concern should be stopping the Rangers’ offensive attack, which as lead to 10 goals in the first two games of the series.