Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 2 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 2 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."

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist set aside 39 shots, but that wasn't enough as the Rangers fell in Game 2 to the Kings 5-4 in double overtime.

Lundqvist was expected to be very busy in this series, and that's just what has transpired; he's now faced 87 shots. It looked as if the Rangers had all of the momentum in the third period, up 4-2, when Dwight King scored a controversial goal on a tip-in on what could've been called goalie interference. King, who was also being touched by Ryan McDonagh, wasn't whistled for it and Lundqvist's former teammate Marian Gaborik scored six minutes later to tie it up at 4. Lundqvist still boasts a 2.16 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. He'll need to try to dig deep and be even better as the series shifts to New York, with his squad down 2-0.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist was excited to play in his first Stanley Cup Final game this past Wednesday.

He won a Swedish Elite League title with Frolunda in 2004-05 and he's played in two Olympic gold medal games, where he won in 2006. He has experience in big games to draw on while he competes for the Stanley Cup. "So it's a mix of being in the Olympics, being at All-Star weekend. But it's fun," he said. "It's a lot to take in, but it's also exciting, you know, to just see a different side, I guess. It's still the same game, but it's a lot going on. I think that's exciting."

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

With all three of their goals in Game 1 going to the blocker side of the goalie in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, have the Los Angeles Kings found a secret to success against the Rangers? Henrik Lundqvist?

"You do your homework a little bit," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. "Sometimes guys think they have him figured out and he still comes up with saves." "All I know is he's a good goalie," right wing Justin Williams said. "He's going to make most of the saves that he sees. Shots, screens, tips, rebounds is kind of the model around here for [scoring]."

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist posted an excellent performance in his first Stanley Cup game, but was beaten three times on 40 shots as New York fell 3-2 in overtime to the Kings on Wednesday night.

Lundqvist was essential in the Rangers' bid to extend the game past regulation. Although New York broke out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period, the Kings tied and controlled play in the third period, outshooting the Rangers 20-3. Unfortunately for the Rangers, a good start goes for naught as they dropped the series opener for the first time in these playoffs.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist is the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, according to the gambling site Bovada.

Lundqvist's odds of winning it are 5/2. If the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup, it will likely be on the strength of Lundqvist's play. He's gotten them this far with a 2.03 GAA and .928 save percentage in 20 games.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist is a big part of the reason why the New York Rangers have been a playoff-caliber team for nearly a decade, but they almost didn't draft him.

The Rangers took him with the 205th overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, but taking him at all wasn't part of the team's plans. Rangers scout Crister Rockstrom felt Lundqvist was the top prospect among European goaltenders, but director of scouting Martin Madden didn't want the Rangers to take him. Then assistant GM Don Maloney was in charge of the Rangers' draft and he wasn't even aware of Lundqvist. Maloney found out about Lundqvist because he "happened to glance" at Rockstrom's book between the sixth and seventh rounds and noticed where the scout ranked Lundqvist among European goaltenders. Rockstrom hadn't been pushing for Maloney to take the Swedish goalender due to Madden's objections, so if Maloney hadn't looked at his book, he probably would have never taken one of the best goaltenders of this generation.

Henrik Lundqvist G NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist, in 20 playoff games this season for the New York Rangers, leads the NHL with a .928 save percentage and ranks second with a 2.03 goals-against average.

Lundqvist endured a rocky start this season, going 8-11 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in his first 20 games. "Personally," he said, "I think it was my toughest start in my career, my 12, 13 years as a pro, if I combine the Sweden years. So it's definitely a tough test. But it feels better when you turn it around and good things start to happen. It's been a great ride so far, especially the second half of the season. It's been a lot of fun to be around the guys, that's for sure."