The King's crown was starting to be questioned.
Henrik Lundqvist already had been pulled from one game, and last night, 17:15 after the opening face off, there were moans from the Garden crowd, ones seldom heard in these parts for the regal netminder after he was beaten two of the first three shots he faced.
There was even a Bronx Cheer for Lundqvist rather than the customary "Hen-Rik" chants when he made a simple glove save. His 24-year-old counterpart, James Reimer, was the one standing on his head.
"It was a really tough first period," he said. "I hardly touched the puck and two [goals] go in. The key for me was to stick to my game plan, don't change anything."
By the end of the night, those groans turned into cheers for Lundqvist, after the Rangers finally got to Reimer. Lundqvist made 15 saves, a few of them noteworthy, in the Blueshirts' come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs.
Just 6:25 in, Mikhail Grabovski beat Lundqvist with a slick stick handling move in front. Later in the period, James van Riemsdyk notched a power-play goal, flipping home a rebound.
Lundqvist returns to royal glory after rough start
New York Post | Jan 27