Lundqvist on coach's criticism: 'I agree'

November, 13, 2013
11/13/13
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- If you were looking for a juicy war of words between player and coach, you are in for a letdown. Even if you were seeking a slightly less salacious exchange of subtle jabs, you will still likely be disappointed.

What did New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have to say in response to Alain Vigneault’s comments Tuesday night that the second goal surrendered to the New Jersey Devils in the team's 3-2 loss should have been a “routine save”?

“I don’t have a problem with that at all,” Lundqvist said after the team’s practice Wednesday. “Because, I agree.”

So, there you have it.

After the game Tuesday, Lundqvist held himself accountable for Ryan Carter’s second of the night -- a bad-angle shot that gave the Devils a 2-1 lead late in the second period. On Wednesday, Lundqvist showed no sign of animosity toward Vigneault for doing the same.

“It’s a shot I need to stop and especially at the end of the period. It was a big goal,” Lundqvist said.

Lundqvist did counter by saying he didn’t think that was the game-breaker. Obviously, Dainius Zubrus’ marker late in the third was what ultimately snapped a 2-2 draw.

“I still feel like that [Carter’s goal] wasn’t the goal where we lost the game,” Lundqvist said. “I battled back, we battled back as a team. We showed character. We had a breakdown with three minutes to go and that’s what cost us the game.”

Lundqvist talked about the need to be honest with himself, though that type of introspection should not be limited to him. He does understand, however, that his mistakes are magnified because of the nature of his position.

That’s something the former Vezina Trophy winner has come to accept.

“That’s the world I live in, as a goalie,” he said. “You can do twenty good things and one bad thing and you only talk about the bad thing. But, at the same time, I can have games where I make a mistake and we still win the game and people think I played really well. That’s my world. That’s a goalie’s world. You just have to accept it.”
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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