The curtain has formally come down.
After 15 years, a blended 1,004 regular-season and playoff video video games and 459 widespread season wins, Henrik Lundqvist’s tenure on Broadway has gone darkish.
On Wednesday, the Rangers formally parted strategies with the long-time netminder — and, let’s be reliable, future Hall of Famer. The separation capped off a span that observed the Rangers go from playoff outsiders to some wins from a Stanley Cup with numerous conference finals and a Presidents’ Trophy blended in.
Nevertheless like all good points, this wanted to return to an end and with the next expertise of Rangers goalies — Igor Shesterkin and Alexander Georgiev — prepared offstage to take King Henrik’s throne.
For 15 seasons, he headlined the marquee at Madison Sq. Yard. Right here is a listing of 10 moments and recollections of his time as a Blueshirt.
10 memorable moments from Henrik Lundqvist’s New York Rangers occupation
1. Draft day 2000
Within the an identical 12 months the New York Islanders drafted Rick DiPietro first common, the Rangers waited until the seventh spherical to nab their future netminder.
And he gave us top-of-the-line draft-day footage, ever:
2. Arrival of “The King”
It had been much-anticipated since he was drafted 5 years prior and tore up the Swedish Hockey League. On Oct. 8, 2005, Lundqvist lastly stepped between the pipes for the New York Rangers in direction of the New Jersey Devils. Whereas he didn’t earn the win, dropping in overtime after stopping 24 of 27 footage, he would make his Madison Sq. Yard debut 5 days later and in entrance of the devoted beat the Devils 4-1.
Lundqvist was formally anointed “The King” by the New York Put up’s Larry Brooks after backstopping the crew to a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Oct. 16, 2005.
Brooks wrote regarding the game’s No. 1 star: “Fast turning right into a Broadway folks hero, King Henrik of Sweden took an abbreviated victory lap throughout the ice whereas elevating his stick and glove in a return salute to the followers who alternately chanted, “Henrik” and “Lundqvist” all by the match whereby the goaltender made numerous nifty stops amongst his 28 saves.”
2. The King is topped
Thrice a bridesmaid (2006, 2007, 2008), Lundqvist lastly grew to turn out to be a bride in 2011-12 when his masterful season was capped off by his lone Vezina Trophy win. He accomplished with a 39-18-5 doc with eight shutouts and a .930 save proportion and a 27.57 Targets Saved Above Widespread.
“There are a couple of my heroes on proper right here,” Lundqvist said regarding the trophy once more in 2012. “Patrick [Roy], Dominik [Hasek] and Marty [Brodeur] have had good careers, so it feels good. It has been a function for me.”
Lundqvist moreover accomplished second in 2013, fourth in 2011, fifth in 2015 and sixth in 2009, 2010 and 2014. That’s 10 straight years of ending throughout the top-6 for the Vezina Trophy. Unreal.
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3. Inches from Stanley
It was an unbelievable run in 2014. A 26-save effectivity in a 2-1 Sport 7 win over the Flyers throughout the first spherical. A 35-save effectivity in a 2-1 Sport 7 win in direction of the Penguins. A .922 save proportion in a six-game set in direction of the Canadiens.
Henrik Lundqvist’s 4 12 months playoff peak from 2011-2015:
•76 video video games
•.930 save %
•In 19 video video games going by elimination: stopped 607 of 637 footage (.953 save %)
•In 7 Sport 7s: stopped 202 of 209 (.967 save %)
•Made it to 1 Stanley Cup Final, 2 Conference Finals
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) September 30, 2020
Then received right here the last word. He stopped 40 of 43 footage in Sport 1 and 39 of 44 in Sport 2 — every overtime losses, the latter in double-overtime. After a 3-Zero loss in Sport 3, Lundqvist was masterful in internet as he helped the Rangers stave off elimination with 40 stops on 41 footage.
Nevertheless then received right here heartbreak in Sport 5. On the 51st shot of the night, Alec Martinez despatched the puck earlier Lundqvist in double overtime, thus giving the Los Angeles Kings the Stanley Cup and leading to not solely this iconic picture:
Nevertheless this one which tore on the heartstrings:
4. For the love of Crosby
Successfully, there’s on the very least one crew everyone knows Lundqvist is not going to sign with if he chooses to proceed his NHL occupation. As all people is conscious of, he and Sidney Crosby had a tenuous relationship — highlighted by this second all through that postseason sequence in 2014, which worth Lundqvist a cool $5,000.
5. When Mats left
Your coronary coronary heart wanted to interrupt for Lundqvist on the commerce deadline in 2019. When the Rangers traded Mats Zuccarello, he not solely misplaced a longtime teammate and good pal, nonetheless its most certainly when he realized his time was winding down on Broadway.
6. Offended Hank
In 2016 in direction of Pittsburgh, Lundqvist really flipped over the web, and if you happen to perceive how heavy a hockey internet is — notably anchored down — that’s no easy course of. Then-head coach Alain Vigneault said postgame that he did it to stop play on account of he was harm. Nevertheless, in any case, offended Hank made the rounds.
“I don’t assume I’ve ever seen him that mad,” said then-teammate Derek Stepan.
8. Report-making machine
Lundqvist at current sits sixth on the NHL’s all-time wins report with 459, seven once more of the one completely different vigorous participant throughout the Prime 10 (Marc-Andre Fleury, 466). Hailing from Sweden, his wins full might be essentially the most by a non-North American born goalie, and he reached 400 wins faster than any goaltender in NHL historic previous.
Along with Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur, the trio are the one netminders in NHL historic previous to earn 30 or additional wins in 11 or additional seasons and is the one goalie to win 30 or additional in his first seven seasons and in 11 of first 12. He moreover holds higher than 50 knowledge for the Genuine Six franchise.
A sampling of his New York Rangers knowledge
|Video video games carried out||1||887|
|Assists by a goaltender||1||26|
|Highest save proportion, season||1||.930 (2011-12)|
|Most video video games carried out, season||1||73 (2009-10)|
9. Kind icon
Stylish is an understatement as regards to Lundqvist. On a regular basis impeccably dressed, he was a trendsetter for not solely the Rangers nonetheless the NHL and the world as a whole. He had your entire look: the gelled once more hair, the clothes — and he ranked among the many many excessive type icons in New York Metropolis, which isn’t a simple issue to do.
10. Nevertheless in the end, it’s all in regards to the saves
There have been tons, nonetheless listed below are numerous of most likely essentially the most memorable.
2012 Winter Conventional
2014 Jap Conference Final: Sport 6