Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers never appeared nervous while winning a career high 39 games this past season and leading his team to the Atlantic Division title.
But Lundqvist was momentarily rattled as he accepted the Vezina Trophy at the NHL Awards presentation Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
The New York Daily News reported that Lundqvist credited his teammates, the Rangers organization and MSG chairman James Dolan for his award during his speech. Then he shook his right hand nervously, breathed deeply, and said under his breath, “Oh ----. Sorry. But it feels good.”
Lundqvist went 39-18-5 in 62 appearances during 2011-12, a lighter workload than is customary for him. Lundqvist became the first goaltender in NHL history to record 30 or more wins in each of his first seven seasons. He had a 1.97 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
“I’m so happy right now; it means a lot to win,” Lundqvist said, according to Pro Hockey Talk. “To be on that list with a couple of my heroes—Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek and Marty Brodeur—it ‘s been a goal and a dream of mine for a long time.”