"I feel pretty good," said Lundqvist, acknowledging he did get treatment after the game. But then he said, "My goal is to play tomorrow."
John Tortorella's response to questions on Lundqvist's health...
"Oh, he's fine. You guys. I tell you," said Tortorella, with the replay that Lundqvist, who is typically at his stall waiting to talk to the media, was not around at first. "He probably doesn't want to talk to you."
...he finished the game so you have to assume he's ok. I played goalie in high school and had that happen to me a few times. Doesn't feel good but usually not a problem going forward. I fully expect to see Hank between the pipes on Long Island tomorrow.
I'm glad he's ok, but I am very worried about him. This is the third game in a row where he's taken a minor injury and I'm absolutely convinced that other teams are targeting him because they know he's a real weak spot for us right now because we don't have Biron on the bench. If he gets hurt, we're screwed. And I also think that all this little stuff is going to add up, considering there is absolutely not chance in hell of him getting a break until the season is over.
I hate that spot, right above the knee on shots like that. Ouch. But I agree with you - I'm sure it stung pretty badly at first, and now he'll have a substantial bruise that may be painful during the day, but come game time, it'll be the last thing on his mind once play starts and the adrenaline is going. Unless he gets hit in the same spot again... So hopefully the training staff finagles a way to add some extra padding if he's got a bruise/hematoma.
@erichan Maybe teams are targeting him (the full-on body blows can be convincing), but you can't really use getting hit in the knee by a puck as evidence - getting hit with the puck is his job, and shooting was the Sabres' job. Just crap luck one hit him where there are no pads.
@erichan We've seen in the past Lundqvist being burned out going into the playoffs. Very concerned. Think about how many games in a row this guy is going to play if the Rangers make a run could be over 40.
@Random_Ranger I didn't mean to imply that that particular shot was intentional - I'm certain it wasn't. But he's still getting bumped and straight-up bowled into an awful lot, and I AM convinced that a lot of that is intentional.
@KevinDeLury Not that he might not get burned out, as he has before, but his best hockey of the year (arguably) is happening right now. He seems to thrive on always playing :)
@Random_Ranger No question.