Monday, May 26, 2014

Henrik Lundqvist Swatch Card

I have a few Henrik Lundqvist swatch cards I'll get to until the end of the summer, but with the New York Rangers' overtime win last night bringing the series to 3-1 for the Manhattanites, it felt like a good time to go for one, so I went with this 2011-12 Titanium card (#77 of the Game-Worn Gear sub-set, featuring a nice, big blue swatch) by Panini, showing him in the Rangers' 2012 Winter Classic uniform:
King Henrik is inching closer to two long-standing goals: reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time of his career, and getting past those pesky Montréal Canadiens, who had had his number for pretty much his entire career.

He had always been a consistent performer, his playoff statistics usually on par with those of the regular season, but this time around, his 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage lead the league, despite having registered no shutouts.

This current series could easily be tied at two, though, and perhaps even be 3-1 in favor of Montréal. However, the how doesn't matter as much as the did, and the Rangers - Lundqvist especially, but also Brad Richards and Martin St-Louis - certainly have.

I still believe in the Habs, though, because it's the Rangers, the team can can surrender a 4-0 lead in the third period at the Bell Centre.

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