Tilted Ice: North of Penn Short – Lundqvist or Richter?


If you haven’t noticed yet, The Tilted Ice Podcast is gaining steam since it’s launch just this summer. On Episode 13 of Tilted Ice: North of Penn, Russ’ Rants brought him to the conclusion that Mike Richter must be considered for the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame. You can listen to the complete episode here on iTunes.

This broke out into the age-old New York Rangers debate: Lundqvist or Richter? As we all reflect on our fandom, it’s broken down into two parties, three if you count Eddie Giacomin. The first will tell you Lundqvist has all the skill, he does. The second will tell you Richter’s got the ring. At the end of the day, they’re both right.

On the November 15th episode of Game Misconduct, hosted by Don LaGreca titled Best Big Game Goalie Ever? Don graciously answered our Twitter question to him.

The guys took the chance to respond to Don LaGreca’s answer to the question: “who’s the most clutch goalie of all time?” and expanded the conversation a bit further. They discussed the magic that overtook New York City during the 90’s and how it will never be replicated again. See it below in video form, and to Mr. LaGreca, we tip our hats to you, podcast to podcast.

Fans, feel free to chime in on the nostalgia and age-old debate with no real answer.


  • Richter not even a debate. Might not have the numbers but he has a cup and when the big save absolutely needed to be made he was there.

  • Im one of the ones that saw Richter play (and win the cup) that completely disagrees and takes Hank. First let me say that I dont rank goalies(or skaters) by cups, if 38 year old Hasek finished his career in Buffalo I would still consider him one of the best of my time, he didnt move up the list cause he signed with Detroit and won. Hank has never had a Messier, Leetch, Graves, and Zubov (the underappreciated, I feel when most reflect) let alone all at the same time. Hank never had the 94 power play. Hanks roster or team play has never been talked about going into the playoffs as the favorite to win it all, like the 94 team. Its funny if you hear a NYR fan debate Roy is better than Marty, the system that is why Marty has the better numbers, but never when comparing Hank and Richter.

    This is going to sound like Im bashing Mike, its not meant to but its pointing out the facts. What did he do the other years he was in the playoffs without the stacked team? Not much except for 97 when he had that 99 guy. Lets look at some of the bad parts of the cup run starting with the Devils series. Losing Game 1 in OT while giving up the tying goal with 43 seconds left in regulation. Losing pivot game 5, giving up 4 goals on 26 shots. Game 6 win or go home, the guarantee, give up 2 in the first. Game 7, giving up the tying goal with under 10 seconds to go in regulation. Go to the finals now, Game 1 give up the tying goal with a minute left in regulation and lose in OT. A chance to lift the cup at home in game 5, down 1-0 going into the third 2 minutes in now down by 3, 30 seconds after tied give up another goal and 3 and half minutes later the team is down by 3 again, 6 goals on 37 shots. Lose game 6 giving up 4 goals on 31 shots. Obviously wins game 7, so we forget all that. Obviously some stuff had to be checked. Its funny cause Hank has had some similar moments in his run in 14 and 15 but never could the team pick him up like the 94 team did for Richter. I hope this doesnt sound like Im saying the team carried Richter either cause he did his part and is a great goalie, but one game to win Im taking Hank.

  • I’m taking Hank too. I know he had his share of playoff games where he let in goals we all expected to be stopped but I think they all do that once in a while. But when we’ve seen a poor performance from Hank he always comes back with a great one the next game.

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