Video Of Day: Lundqvist makes huge save on Stamkos

It’s easy to forget that lost in their 7-3 win in Game 6 over the Lightning to force a deciding Game 7 Friday at MSG, Henrik Lundqvist made a huge save denying Steven Stamkos on a Tampa power play. Ryan Callahan perfectly set him up for what could’ve been the tying goal. Instead, he makes a incredible kick out to stone Stamkos.

Following Lundqvist’s clutch stop on a successful penalty kill, Keith Yandle scored to put the Blueshirts up 2-0. I can’t say enough how crucial that save was. It allowed them to maintain the lead. Something they had from the 3:36 mark of the first period thanks to Derick Brassard’s first of three. It definitely allowed them to relax. But without Lundqvist, it’s not possible. He was terrific in the second turning back all 13 Bolts shots with a couple of more big ones denying Callahan and Brian Boyle.

It’s in those moments that he reminds every Blueshirt fan why we love him. Because he wants to win. For a while, he carried them. Then they exploded in the third finally allowing their bread and butter to breathe. They’ll need him again to prevail Friday.


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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