New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist flamboyantly flipped the goal he was defending during Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Opposing goalie Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t impressed.
Fleury was asked if he'd ever respond in such a manner in anger, and the Penguins netminder responded, “No, that’s baby stuff,” per Pens Inside Scoop.
The mini-meltdown occurred when Lundqvist left the net to make a play on the puck during a break in the second period. Teammate Ryan McDonagh plowed Lundqvist, sending his stick to the corner of the rink.
The goalie then sought a whistle to no avail, and as the dust seemed to settle, Lundqvist launched the goal on its backside.
Here is a look at the replay, with an added jab from the Penguins:
Lundqvist received a two-minute penalty for his antics and later left the game with a minor neck injury, per Wes Crosby of NHL.com.
Before the diagnosis was revealed, Andrew Gross of the Record jokingly speculated why Lundqvist was absent in the third period:
But the goalie didn’t depart without allowing more goals, and the Penguins couldn’t help themselves from taking an additional shot:
Lundqvist’s behavior Thursday was uncharacteristic for the usually composed veteran. But emotions begin to run high this time of year with the playoffs around the corner—particularly between teams both in the mix for a postseason berth.
Should the Rangers and Penguins meet again in a best-of-seven series this spring, Thursday’s showing will surely be a topic of conversation.