The Kings had finished a 3-2 double-overtime victory over the Rangers, to finish an improbable playoff run and capture their second Stanley Cup Championship in three years, and Lundqvist wanted no part of it — or anyone.
This picture says it all. Henrik deserved better. RT @svtlehmann: En otröstlig @HLundqvist30 pic.twitter.com/g4Nvuzm2IJ #NYR
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) June 14, 2014
When King Henrik finally did speak, it was the words of a man whose team had come so far over the last two months and still thought there was more to go.
“I knew going into this series that it would end in tears,” the Swedish goaltender finally said after pausing to collect his thoughts when asked to put it all in perspective. “Tears of joy or tears of heartbreak.
“Right now it’s extremely tough.”
Lundqvist finally came to grips with the fact that his brilliant play could only carry the Rangers so far.
“To play a game like this, you hope some guy scores the big goal for you,” Lundqvist said. “It was exhausting to play. … It was exciting to be out there, but sooner or later something is going to happen.”
— Marie Lehmann (@svtlehmann) June 14, 2014
Now he can only imagine what might have been.