NHL playoffs 2017: Henrik Lundqvist’s Stanley Cup window almost shut after Rangers’ elimination

There are few more heartbreaking scenes in sports than watching a beloved star player leave the game for good without ever capturing a championship.

That’s why when goaltender Henrik Lundqvist skated to the bench after the Rangers were officially eliminated by the Senators in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series Tuesday night, you had to wonder: Is the Rangers’ Stanley Cup window shut? Will Lundqvist ever win a Cup?

Up early on Monday, Hischier appeared on the Boomer and Carton morning radio program on WFAN, the popular all-sports radio station in New York. From there, a photo op at NASDAQ in downtown Manhattan before crossing back over the Hudson River into New Jersey, where a meeting with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka awaited.

Newark’s famed Hobby’s Deli then unveiled it’s Nico # 1 sandwich, which features grilled chicken, a red jersey tomato and, of course, Swiss cheese.

It’s clear this is no longer Lou Lamoriello’s team. The ultra-conservative former general manager and team president never believed in promoting individual players, even when charismatic types like Martin Brodeur were leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles.

When the Penguins were playing Game 2 of the 2016 Final against San Jose, veteran center Joe Thornton struck Crosby from behind twice in the right corner of the ice, first knocking off his helmet and then cross-checking him across the shoulder blades. With the Penguins up a game and battling toward what would become an overtime victory and 2-0 series lead, Thornton was trying to provoke Crosby into a retaliation that might have unleashed the Sharks savage power play.

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