Apparently, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury don’t see Henrik Lundqvist’s net toppling with the same lens.
Following the Penguins’ 4-1 win over the Rangers Thursday night Fleury said Lundqvist’s delay of game penalty for intentionally pushing his net over was “baby stuff.”
On Friday, Holtby said he would have done the same thing if he was injured and no whistle was blown.
“I think he did the right thing,” Holtby said. “I thought it was absurd he got penalized for it. You get hit in the head as a goalie, you can’t skate to the bench for a line change. You’re seeing stars, you can’t see the puck, you have no other option. It was the wrong call and I felt bad for him.”
Prior to taking the penalty, Lundqvist injured his neck in a collision with teammate Ryan McDonagh. He will not be in the Rangers’ lineup tonight against the Capitals at Verizon Center. Backup Antti Raanta is expected get the call in his place.
Holtby said Lundqvist was trying to get the officials’ attention before knocking the net over. He returned to the Rangers net to complete the second period and did not return for the third because of neck spasms.
“I don’t think he should be (criticized) one bit,” Holtby said. “You’ve got to look at our position for what it is. We get hit in the head a lot and we don’t have the protective helmets for getting hit like that. It jars your head around.
“Most people know that when you get hit like that you don’t really feel it until a few seconds after. His first instinct was to get back in the play so he couldn’t really stay down. You can’t go for a line change so you’ve got to get help in different areas.”