Henrik Lundqvist (Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
When New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was asked post-game about whether or not he had to make any tough saves to preserve his shutout over the Edmonton Oilers, he did everything he could to stop himself from laughing.
On Sunday, Henrik Lundqvist posted the 55th shutout of his career with a 2-0 blanking of the Edmonton Oilers. If that wasn’t enough to make Lundqvist smile, a post-game question made him break into laughter.
It’s difficult to blame the New York Rangers goaltender for cracking a smile during the interview that followed the game. After all, he’s coming off of a 1,800-plus save season, so the 16 shots the Oilers were able to muster were little in the way of a test for King Henrik. So, when asked if he had to make any “signature” saves, he cracked up a bit:
Since breaking into the NHL in 2005, Lundqvist has undeniably been one of the league’s best goaltenders, and has posted seasons of 10 and 11 shutouts. Suffice to say that failing to break the 20 shot mark against a netminder like Lundqvist is going to result in him having a fairly easy night.
Give points to the effort Lundqvist gives in the interview, though. When the shot totals are broken down for him and he’s asked about his mindset throughout the game, he tries to give the Oilers some credit, but it’s being asked about a big save when he can’t contain himself anymore.
The Swedish star stops short of calling the game an easy one, but it’s clear he’s had tougher nights. Though the Rangers lost to the Oilers earlier in the season by a score of 3-1, Lundqivst got the last laugh in the final meeting between the two teams this season.