Henrik Lundqvist has looked shaky at some times this year. Heck, let’s be real, he has been shaky for the majority of this season. He is on pace to set career lows in every single goaltender category; he has given up three or more goals in 11 of his last 12 games. We saw flashes in the third period of why the New York Rangers gave Lundqvist a seven year extension, as Lundqvist’s third period was the main reason the Rangers upset the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
It looked like Lundqvist was going to head down the road we have seen over the last month or so. He was giving up uncharacteristic rebounds and he looked shaky with his glove hand. After he let up a soft goal to Brandon Bollig, Lundqvist found a way to settle down and play well.
This could be a huge confidence boost for Lundqvist. The Blackhawks have the best and most talented roster in the NHL. With the way Lundqvist has been playing, you could have expected him to give up three or more goals again, but he settled down and found a way to make 35 saves against the elite team in the NHL.
The Rangers desperately need Lundqvist to regain his Vezina Trophy winning form. With the Rangers starting to find an ability to score goals, Lundqvist has to find a way to be the anchor. If he doesn’t, the Rangers are going to have a hard time making the playoffs.