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Should Lundqvist be fined for rant over blown call?

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Ottawa Senators during the second period of game six of first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Monday, April 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Sean Kilpatrick

It's not all that often you see New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist lose his temper.

But after the Ottawa Senators scored a dubious late goal Monday night to make the game 3-2 and potentially give them a chance to tie, Lundqvist went on a rant postgame that rivals anything from his volatile head coach.

Here's what he said:

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"It's an absolute joke. Oh my god, it scares me. It's such an obvious play, goalie interference, and a kick. And they still call it a goal? That scares me, that someone can call that. It still upsets me."

"Someone wants them back in the game obviously. There's no other explanation."

Why on earth the league would want the Senators to advance over the Rangers, a team from the league's biggest market and which could save them from what looks like U.S. ratings armageddon in Round 2, who knows?

But this was a brutal call given Chris Neil (who's had a heckuva series) pushes Lundqvist out of the way with his stick and takes a big swing at the puck with his skate.

The NHL reviewed the play for the kick but determined it was inconclusive, which meant they were left with the official's call on the ice.

Which, as often been the case in these playoffs, was the wrong call.

The most surprising thing about the whole thing is that Lundqvist is normally one of the most mild-mannered players in the league, often taking his lumps and never complaining about it.

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Because this is the playoffs, however, he decided to speak up – and given what he said, it could cost either the goaltender (or his team) another fine.

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