BOSTON — Although he still would have liked to have stopped it, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist admitted after today’s Boston Bruins 1-0 win that Marc Savard’s goal with 22.2 seconds left in the second period was legal.
“I saw him come in front of me. It was such a tough goal. You have to reach for the puck and it deflected straight down. It is hard to be in two places at the same time,” the Rangers’ All-Star netminder said in the visiting dressing room at TD Banknorth Garden. “I thought that it was a high stick, but then I saw the replay and it didn’t look that high. It was a pretty good tip. It is just tough when you let one in that late.”
The play unfolded with Milan Lucic barrelling toward Nigel Dawes along the half-wall and forcing a turnover. Dennis Wideman ripped a shot from the point and Savard got a stick on it from the slot. Savard said he was pretty sure the puck was low enough for him to interfere with it and not get a whistle.
“Obviously, you want to get a tip on it. And I knew that it wasn’t that high at the time and I got a good tip on it,” he explained. “I knew it was late in the period too. It was a great shot by Dennis. Looch made the whole play, though, forcing the guy on the wall. And obviously when a big guy comes at you, it’s tough to make a good play and he kind of let it go by and Dennis got a good shot.”