If there is always a class act, a true professional in the locker room and on the ice on the New York Rangers – it’s Henrik Lundqvist.
This season has been very frustrating for Rangers fans and the players, who had high hopes of making a serious run for the Stanley Cup after coming up only two games short of their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1994.
After 30 games played, the Rangers record is currently 15-13-2, and they are seemingly fighting for a playoff spot every game at this point.
This season hasn’t gone according to plan, and Lundqvist is voicing his concern and frustration over the team’s lack of scoring and winning.
A very disappointing near-shutout loss against the Florida Panthers last night seemed to be a proverbial tipping point in Lundqvist’s demeanor regarding the team and their struggles.
When speaking to the media after the loss last night, Lundqvist was straight and to the point.
“We did a lot of good things but it’s getting old,” Lundqvist said. “We just have to put the puck in the net. That’s how you win games.”
The Rangers outshot the Panthers 45-24, yet could only find the back of the net once, late in the third period by Marian Gaborik.
Lundqvist admitted that he didn’t see both goals by the Panthers. He also felt that the special teams cost the Rangers the game.
“Our PK, it starts with me,” Lundqvist said. “[We] have to be almost at 100 percent because we’re in the position where we don’t have the luxury of a lot of goals.”
Thinly veiled in that statement is Lundqvist essentially calling his teammates out for a lack of scoring. And he’s right.
The Rangers rank 28th in the league, last in the Eastern Conference, with a meager 2.27 goals per game.
The 2013 Rangers team is full of inconsistency and question marks. And it’s evident in just about every game.
Lundqvist closed out his thoughts with the following:
“I don’t think teams play great all the time, but they find ways to win,” Lundqvist said. “That’s something we’re lacking a little bit.”