Wednesday, 15 February 2012

That's Using Your Head

The beasts in the East - the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins - tangled in Beantown last night that saw the Rangers topple the Bruins by a 3-0 score. Henrik Lundqvist is establishing himself as an MVP candidate with his play in each and every game, and he outdueled last year's Vezina winner in Tim Thomas in this game. 42 saves later, Lundqvist had his seventh shutout of the year, and, more importantly, a nine-point cushion over the Bruins in the Eastern Conference.

What made Lundqvist's night a little more spectacular was the save he made on Zdeno Chara during a goalmouth scramble. Take a look at how Lundqvist stops the five-time Hardest Shot champion's second shot on net.

I've head of putting a gun to your head, but Lundqvist literally had a firing cannon pointed at his noggin! In all seriousness, getting hit by a frozen piece of rubber in a place that is only protected by a thin piece of plastic and foam is probably not the most ideal way to make a save.

Don't call it conventional, but call it effective: a stop is a stop is a stop, and it's especially impressive when using your head.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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