Apr 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) guards the goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Bristle While We Wait (Part 3)


We’re onto the top three most annoying New York Rangers. I’m proud of you all for making it this far, but it’s time to bite your lip and grab ahold of something, because this is going to start to feel like you are sitting in a sauna of Ranger stink now. We’re in the thick of things, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that this is for the betterment of our warrior spirit. We must know our enemy inside and out, and the way to achieve that is to figure out exactly why and how your enemy annoys you. The Rangers will always be annoying because they are New York. However, this budding spring rivalry wouldn’t have come to fruition without the man that is number three on this list.

#3 Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist is the New York Rangers best player, and he is really annoying because of that.

He is the player that the Caps should be most concerned about. Depending upon how you view it, Henrik could be at the top of this list. However, out of sheer respect for his talent, I put him third on the list. There is just a limit to how annoying one can be while playing great hockey. At some point, respect wins out. Even though it is extremely frustrating to get stone-walled by Lundqvist, I can’t help but admire how great of a goaltender he is.

All gushy stuff aside, it’s still really annoying to see Henrik give his dreaded New York Rangers life. The Rangers, this year specifically, have struggled with consistency. This makes Henrik’s contributions more valuable, and this is evidenced in his nomination for yet another Vezina Trophy and by the lump in the throats of Caps fans. We all know how much Lundqvist can render obsolete with his play between the pipes. He doesn’t need much insurance from the team playing in front of him, and he is more than capable of stealing a series or two in the playoffs. He gives his team a huge boost of confidence, and that is really annoying.

You know you’re annoying when the team you are putting on your back gets annoyed with you from time to time. This is the case for Lundqvist, as he has often drawn grumblings from New York fans and media because of his perceived lackadaisical attitude. In today’s world without shadows, people have taken a disliking to the way he seems to brush off losses and focus on other parts of his life. Whether this frustration is justified or not, as fans of a rival team, the Caps crowd has been annoyed that this scrutiny hasn’t led to any self-destruction while Lundqvist plays the Caps. Boy, would that really be a nice treat.

Don’t expect that to happen, though, because the better players in sports tend to be consistent in annoying other teams throughout their careers. I would be surprised if Lundqvist does anything to unfurl the brows of Caps fans.

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