4:36 pm Apr. 18, 20121
It won't go down in history as "The Save." Even if the New York Rangers advance deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs, there's a good chance that even the most die-hard fans will have forgotten about this one.
But Henrik Lundqvist's save on Kyle Turris in the dying seconds of last night's playoff game—a save that preserved a hard-fought and much-needed 1-0 victory—may be the one that inches Lundqvist closer to surpassing Martin Brodeur as the top goalie in the division, if not the league.
Hockey fans in New York have been spoiled for goalie talent thanks to Brodeur, former Ranger Mike Richter and now Lundqvist. Each has a similar style of goaltending, making saves look effortless by being in the right position at all times. That's what made this play look so much less remarkable than it actually was.
Lundqvist stopped an odd-angle shot from the corner and the rebound popped onto the stick of an unguarded Turris, who needed to score and send the game into overtime. Lundqvist calmly stuck out his left pad to stop the shot, preserve the win, and give the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The goalies who get all the highlights are the ones who flop and dive and throw themselves around the crease like unattended firehoses. But it's the goalies like Brodeur and Lundqvist who are the backbones of Stanley Cup winners.
Lundqvist finished the game with 39 saves.