The Washington Capitals have had their chances against Henrik Lundqvist in the first two periods of their first 2011 NHL Playoffs game against the New York Rangers. There's no denying that. None of those chances, though, were better than the one at the 1:11 mark by Nicklas Backstrom.â†µ
The play developed out of nowhere. The Capitals pitched the puck ahead, and somehow Backstrom slipped behind the final Rangers' defender and had a breakaway. The Rangers didn't even really try to stop him once he got behind the defense, hoping Lundqvist would save the day. In the end, he did, but barely. Backstrom tried to slide a shot between his legs, but Lundqvist got the outside of his right leg on the puck and prevented it from going through.â†µ
Backstrom also swung and missed on a wide open net following a long rebound, so it's been a pretty dreadful game for him thus far. Ah, those playoff demons.