Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in the New York Rangers' net Friday night, despite his team's loss in double overtime to the Los Angeles Kings in double overtime.

"I told you going into the playoffs that I wanted to leave everything out there," said Lundqvist, whose team was outshot 92-49 over the last two games and 51-30 in the Friday decider. "I prepared so hard for every game, I have never been so tired. "I feel like I did everything I could in my preparation to help the team win but it was not enough against this really good team. We had to go through so much to get here."

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist gave it all he had, stopping a whopping 48 shots in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, but ultimately surrendered the Cup winning goal to Alec Martinez late in the second overtime to concede the championship in a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Kings.

It doesn't get much worse, as the Rangers came oh so close to capturing their first NHL title in 20 years. But Lundqvist and the Rangers can take pride in their accomplishments. They survived three gruelling series' and came within three wins of the Stanley Cup. It's over for now, but after King Henrik signed a long-term extension, the Rangers and their elite goaltender hope to do it all again next season with a better result.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist thinks the Los Angeles Kings will start feeling the pressure if the Rangers can win one more game.

If the Rangers take Game 5, then the series will move back to Madison Square Garden, where New York has been very effective in elimination games. Overcoming a 3-0 series deficit is a huge task, but the Rangers won't be in a terrible position anymore if they manage to win on Friday.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist owns an 8-0 record in elimination games at Madison Square Garden.

He set an NHL record Wednesday when he extended his winning streak to eight games. "It's about competing. When everything is on the line, you just have to challenge yourself the right way, I guess, as a team and personally," he said. "You have to go out there and leave everything out there and be extremely focused. One mistake and the season is over. You're definitely aware of that." Lundqvist was excellent in Game 4 and he'll need to be even better on Friday night for a chance to stretch his streak to nine contests.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 40 shots and guided the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the L.A. Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday night, narrowing the series deficit to 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final.

Lundqvist did everything the Rangers could have asked for and more, shunning the Kings with 15 saves in the third period and just barely keeping pucks from crossing the line despite many close calls. Lundqvist has won eight straight games while facing elimination, including five straight in these playoffs. Coming off three straight shaky performances in the Cup Final, King Henrik played like his dominant self on Wednesday night and the Rangers have life against the feisty Kings. Game 5 goes Friday night from California.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

The New York Rangers have won seven straight home contests when facing elimination.

Henrik Lundqvist has been particularly effective in those contests, posting a 0.98 GAA and .967 save percentage. The Rangers have to hope that trend continues as they look to avoid being swept against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist feels like the Los Angeles Kings have all the puck luck right now.

"We are doing a lot of 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," Lundqvist said, referring to the Kings' 3-0 victory on Monday. The Rangers are now behind 3-0 in the series. The Rangers had an opportunity to win Game 1 and 2, but they surrendered two-goal leads in both contests. Now those two missed opportunities have to sting even more.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist had an outing to forget Monday as the Rangers dropped a 3-0 score to Los Angeles and fell behind 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The effort put forth by his teammates means Lundqvist is not solely to blame for this result, but by allowing three goals on just 15 shots he didn't hold the fort well enough to keep a victory within reach. King Henrik and the Blueshirts will need a miraculous comeback if they expect to hoist the Cup.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist will be looking to bounce back in New York after getting off to a rough start in Los Angeles during the Stanley Cup Final.

He owns a 3.11 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in the first two games of the series after he entered the Cup Final with a 2.04 GAA and a .928 save percentage. His workload has increased and playing all those overtime minutes has played a part in that. In his previous first 20 games, he faced an average of 27.2 shots, but against Los Angeles that number has increased to 43.5.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

The New York Rangers are upset at a non-call early in the third period of their 5-4 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Saturday night's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The play they're questioning occurred when Dwight King scored to pull the Kings to within one at 4-3. As Justin Williams moved the puck to Matt Greene at the point, King headed to the Rangers' goal. NY defenseman Ryan McDonagh engaged him at the top of the blue paint and soon King, McDonagh and goalie Henrik Lundqvist were tangled. King somehow managed to tip Greene's shot from the point as Lundqvist was unable to move. Lundqvist was unhappy, throwing his arms up in disbelief after the goal as he was pinned under King and McDonagh. He talked to the referee during a TV timeout soon after, seeking an explanation. Lundqvist he just wanted consistency, pointing to a goalie interference penalty to Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot in the second period. "I don't think it's a penalty but you've got to stop the play if the goalie can't move in his crease," Lundqvist said. "And it's not like I'm outside the crease. I play pretty deep. Just be consistent with it."