Henrik Lundqvist is kind of good

In the first period of Game 1 in the second round series against the Senators, the Rangers played about as loose a first 20 minutes as possible. They took three penalties and gave up a shorthanded chance.

As usual, Henrik Lundqvist was there to save their bacon. How good was he? He stopped all 21 Ottawa shots in a wild and crazy first. His best sequence came here while the Sens peppered him with six shots on the first power play.

Mark Stone gets stoned literally. And I don’t mean Kevin “Purple” Hayes, who seemed in a daze that period with a penalty, a lazy turnover and almost another penalty. Here it is in all its glory:

The game is scoreless thanks to Lundqvist. The Rangers did manage 12 shots including this chance from Ryan McDonagh. A slick move around the Ottawa defense to get in forcing Craig Anderson to make this save:

Interestingly, attempts are 26-21 Senators. So, despite controlling play, they gave up some shots and opportunities including a near shorthanded miss from Michael Grabner which Anderson got a piece of.

The Rangers want to avoid any more silly penalties like the bench minor they took. They can thank Lundqvist for keeping it scoreless. McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Brendan Smith all had strong periods shorthanded.

The second is coming. We’ll have more later.


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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