New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been stopping a lot of shots during the first three rounds of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs— but it's safe to say they have all come the opposing team.
During the third period of last night's 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils, Lunqvist had to make a save on a shot that came off the stick of his own teammate Brad Richards.
The goalie's quick reaction to Richards' mental lapse saved what could have been a totally demoralizing error for the Rangers.
Richards wasn't intentionally trying to put the puck in his own net but was merely attempting to clear the puck around the boards with the score 3-3. He missed and nearly scored what would have been the tie-breaking goal in front of the Rangers home crowd.
Richards finished the game with four shots on goal (the other team's goal). Actually, his misplay was his best chance to score all night— even if it was for the wrong team.
Lunqvist would eventually give up the winning goal to Ryan Carter with less than five minutes to play. An empty net goal by the Devils made the final score 5-3.
The Devils have 3-2 game lead in the Eastern Conference Finals and go back home to Newark on Friday with hopes of clinching the hard fought series.