Rasmus Dahlin had two close calls in the quest for his first NHL goal Saturday night. And it would have been epic for him had the moment come against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, the greatest goaltender ever produced in Dahlin’s native Sweden.
“That would have been huge,” a smiling Dahlin told The Buffalo News after practice Sunday in KeyBank Center. “It’s too bad I didn’t score but maybe it will come next year. I just watch him on TV all my life so that was pretty unreal to see him in warmups, too. It was super cool. He’s ‘The King’ for sure, the guy I always wanted to score on. I hope next time we play against them I score.”
Dahlin came close against Lundqvist in the second period of Buffalo’s 3-1 win, Wholesale nhl jerseys
moving through the left faceoff circle and trying to find a brief opening up high on Lundqvist, only to see the puck skitter off the crossbar.
“I don’t want to rush anything. The situation comes when it comes and I can go in the zone,” Dahlin said. “I’m getting more comfortable, getting better at it every day. That one, I was looking at it up top but it went bar out.”
In the third period, Dahlin saw open ice down the middle and Tage Thompson sent him in alone. Dahlin stayed patient and even worked a deke to the backhand, but Lundqvist made the save. Thompson batted the puck out of the air into the net but the goal was waved off due to a high stick.