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Henrik Lundqvist: Your consensus Game 1 difference-maker


The New Jersey Devils actually looked like (at least) the slightly better team through 40 minutes of Game 1 until the New York Rangers turned things around to win the contest (and third period) 3-0. If there was a general consensus, it was that Henrik Lundqvist was probably the difference.

Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador believed that the score didn’t indicate how close the game really was and that Lundqvist was why it was a misleading result.

“Lundqvist did a great job in the first two periods,” Salvador said. “He kept them in.”

Martin Brodeur had a more amusing take on King Henrik’s game.

“From my view I saw him for about 10 minutes because there were so many Rangers players in front of him,” Brodeur said.

Nice. Ryan McDonagh credited Lundqvist with keeping the Rangers in the game but the great goalie shrugged off that talk to Katie Strang.

“You have to step up when the team needs you, not just when you feel good,” Lundqvist said.

The Devils, Rangers and experts raved about Hank’s work. For further analysis, check out what Keith Jones and Mike Milbury had to say about it.