Lundqvist on Kings luck in Game 3

1402415964829Comments from Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist following Ney York’s 3-0 loss to the LA Kings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final…

On tonight’s game:

“Well you try to stay positive right now, but it’s tough, it’s really tough. We are doing a lot good things, but you look at the goals and we put two in our own net and then just a tough play on the third one. At some point, you are going to need some puck luck and we don’t have any right now. It feels like they have all of it. We always talk about how you have to earn that puck luck, but I think we are working really hard and doing a lot of good things but when they score goals like that when it feels like we are right there and doing the right things, obviously it’s mentally challenging to try to overcome that first goal. And I think we played good in the second and they get that fluky bounce again on the second. It doesn’t matter what you think you deserve out there, you just have to find a way to win games and that’s what they have been doing. We can sit here and say we’ve played really well but at the end it’s about finding ways to win, and we haven’t done that.”

On the first goal:

“I was reacting low and it went high and it’s just one of those plays where with a little luck there that puck ends up in the netting or in the glass, but unfortunately with half a second left it ended up in our net. It was a tough play.”

On the series:

“I am just extremely disappointed that we are in this hole. We have been talking about it after every game that we played really well but in the end it’s about finding ways to win. It’s not about playing great, it’s about winning. We have to regroup. It’s not over. We are looking at getting the next game, that’s all we think about right now is that win. In a game like this every little play matters and it feels like they had the luck so far in these three games where it feels like the game has been pretty even, but they have been finding ways to get the big goals at the right times. I guess and it’s something we just have to accept and try to be a little better next game.“

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  1. ElLayKINGS says:

    I’m sooooo tired of this “oh they’re just getting all the luck and all the bounces is all” narrative coming from everywhere. Sorry “king” but you make your own “luck” by being better than the other guy. Game 3 especially the kings have been putting on a clinic in every facet of the game. Quick has outplayed the self proclaimed “king” by miles. Doughty and I’d even say Mitchell and Greene even Martinez and muzzin have schooled mcdonugh and girardi all series long on how to play defense. Even Clifford has been far and away better that Nash and brad “I’m a bank robber” richards so far. But the biggest gap as far as skill and ability is between sutter and AV. In his presser last night AV looked confused and absolutely dumbfounded. The guy looked like he just wanted to cry because the only thing his team has been effective at doing is diving and getting the officials to buy them. other than that the kings have the answer to AVs next move already on the ice before AV can get em off the bench. The rangers are not just “unlucky” they are being dominated in every aspect of the game by a better team and a waaaayyyyyyy better coach.

    • Chris Gilliam says:

      Don’t forget, Sutter has already beaten AV once back in 2012 when AV had a much better team and the Kings were not as good as they are now. It’s not that the Rangers are a bad team. It’s that the Kings are honestly that much better. I agree with everything you’ve said. aside from the 1st period in games 1 and 2, LA has totally dominated this series.

  2. Man, compare the comments from the LA Kings players when they were down 0-3 to San Jose. LA still had a lot of faith in themselves, their chances and their efforts as a whole. The Rangers players are acting like they’ve already lost, and are only going to show up to Game 4 because they have to.

    A mark of a true champion is to never get too emotional until it’s done, never too high, never too low.
    More than anything, that’s what Darryl Sutter has brought to this team, teaching them how to always remain calm and never give up on themselves.