Last night in the first period, Tampa Bay had six odd-man rushes in the first period.
Tampa Bay also had six shots in the first period and all were turned away by Henrik Lundqvist.
When asked about the first period, Carl Hagelin said on MSG, “Thanks god we have Hank in net. He made six unbelievable saves. We are really happy we have him.”
Rick Nash added, “Hank was great. That is why he is the best goalie in the league. He kept us in the game and was unbelievable.”
During his meeting with the media after the game, John Tortorella, on MSG, praised Lundqvist and kept repeating how Hank made big saves during the track meet portion of the first period, “that game could change quickly and he made some big saves in the first 10 minutes.”
Tortorella added, “I really feel that the most important part of the game was Hank in the first period.”
In general, Tortorella said that Lundqvist was playing better and that it was only a matter of time before his game started to rise because of the competitor that he is as.