In last night’s game seven matchup at Consol Energy Center, the New York Rangers came up with an unbelievable win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It not only completed a come from behind series victory; but, it was the first of its kind in New York Rangers history. Here were last night’s three stars according to the NHL:
1st star-Henrik Lundqvist with 35 of 36 saves, save percentage of .972, 60:00 of ice time.
2nd star-Brad Richards with one goal on two shots on goal and 15:10 of ice time.
3rd star-Jussi Jokinen with one goal on one shot, +1 rating, and 19:32 of ice time.
My three stars were:
1st Star- Henrik Lundqvist
2nd Star- Brian Boyle
3rd Star- Brad Richards
For the first star, this was a no-brainer. Last night, Henrik Lundqvist certainly earned his title as the King of New York. Save after save, he denied the Penguins of the equalizer. And, there were plenty of scoring chances for Pittsburgh. In one sequence of the third period, there was a flurry of shots that could not get past Lundqvist. In this You Tube clip, he became a brick wall in goal and came up big, amid the bodies scrambling everywhere:
If he didn’t leave you in bewilderment, ask the Penguins what they thought of him.
My second star goes to Brian Boyle. This man stepped up in a big way. For the game, he contributed one goal, +1 rating, five hits, four blocked shots, 67% faceoff winning percentage, and 15:15 time of ice. He opened the scoring with his lone goal in the first period. He took a pass from Dominic Moore and slid the puck in Marc-Andre Fleury’s five hole. From there, his impact was away from the puck. All game, and most of the series, he made the Penguins feel pain and frustration by completing his checks, making key blocks, and getting in their face.
The third star goes to Brad Richards. He certainly gave us another reason to forget about last year’s playoff absence. His game winning goal came on the power play, which has been suspect for most of the playoffs. On the Rangers’ second man advantage opportunity, Richards capitalized on a pass from Martin St. Louis, snuck in from the blue line, and put a wrist shot past Fleury.