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While there are plenty of really good goalies in the NHL, the list of guys you might call franchise goalies is actually pretty short.
The New York Rangers’ Henrik Lunqvist? He’s a franchise goalie. The 33-year-old is a five-time Vezina Trophy finalist, having won the award as the NHL’s best netminder in 2012. In 2014 he took the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals, and in 2015 he took them to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
This year has not been Lunqvist’s best, statistically speaking. He currently sits right in the middle of the pack in both goals against average and save percentage. However, the thing about franchise goalies is you never know when they’re going to stand on their head and save a game. And on Monday night against the Boston Bruins, Lunqvist did just that.
With the score tied 1-1 early in the third period, the Bruins received a golden opportunity to take the lead when a juicy rebound landed right on the stick of Max Talbot about five feet from the mouth of the open goal. However, a sprawling Lunqvist somehow managed to lift his right leg up and get just enough of his skate on the puck to deflect it over the goal.
Take a look:
Thanks to that save, the Rangers were able to go on to beat the Bruins 2-1.
All hail King Henrik.