It happened Tuesday for the first time in five seasons when the Philadelphia Flyers scored four times on 23 shots against Lundqvist over two periods. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault pulled his veteran goalie in favor of backup Cam Talbot to open the third period of an eventual 5-2 loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round series at Wells Fargo Center.
The first-ever Game 7 at Madison Square Garden between the Rangers and Flyers will be played Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN2, CSN-PH, MSG).
"It's definitely disappointing, but [Game 6] is over," Lundqvist said. "We have to move on quickly. Go back to New York, get some rest and get ready. You don't want to analyze this too much. They just felt better tonight in all areas. We will move on quickly here."
In Game 6, Lundqvist was outplayed by Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who needed to be extremely sharp from the opening faceoff in order to provide his team a chance. Fortunately for the Flyers, he was.
"Playoffs are all about having short memory, so you move on and don't think too much about this game," Lundqvist said. "They did pretty much everything better than us, even goaltending. We all have to step up [Wednesday] and play our best to try to beat this team."
In six postseason games, Lundqvist is 3-3 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. In two fewer games, Mason has quietly compiled a 2-1 mark with a 1.95 GAA and .939 save percentage.
The veteran goalie is eight playoff wins shy of the Rangers record established by Mike Richter (41 wins in 76 games). Lundqvist has 33 postseason victories in 73 games.
"I already started thinking about [Wednesday]," Lundqvist said at his stall after the game. "You don't want to analyze this too much. There were a couple of tough plays. I think I made a bad read on the breakaway [by Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson]. But the other goals, it is what it is.
"I felt like they were a little hungrier. We just have to respond the right way and go out [Wednesday] and enjoy a Game 7 at home. It's going to be great."
At least that's what Lundqvist is hoping for.
The game marks the third series between the Flyers and Rangers to go the distance and only the second seven-game series. The Flyers earned a 4-3 decision in Game 7 at the Spectrum on May 5, 1974, en route to their first Stanley Cup. Philadelphia lost a five-game Patrick Division Semifinal series to New York in 1986; the Rangers scored a 5-2 win at the Spectrum on April 15 that year.
"Every loss hurts, but I think we should see it as a great opportunity instead to go home and play Game 7 in New York," Lundqvist said. "That's very special. Let's focus on that because we can't change [Game 6] now. So see it as a great opportunity instead."
The Rangers are 5-0 all-time in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden.