Pucks or pies, it doesn’t matter, Henrik Lundqvist stops both with ease.
The Rangers goalie went from flashing slapshots to doing some slapstick schtick with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” taking part in a bit that had Lundqvist blocking pumpkin pies.
In the segment, Fallon responded to a letter from a viewer asking the late-night funnyman to combine the NHL and Thanksgiving, and the Rangers fan drafted his team’s goalie to help in the bit.
“We know you can stop pucks, but can you stop pies,” Fallon asked.
Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t get a crumb on him as he stops Jimmy Fallon’s pie shots.
“Piece of cake,” the nattily dressed Lundqvist deadpanned before coolly stopping all six shots from Fallon (including one with a pile of five pies) in 10 seconds.
Lundqvist used the same stick from Tuesday night’s shutout — which caused a mini scrum in the not-so-cheap seats at the Garden — and announced on Twitter that the coveted lumber will soon hit the auction block.
Lundqvist is far from the first Rangers standout to showcase his skills on late-night TV: Former Rangers captain Dave Maloney fondly recalled Thursday morning at the Garden his appearance on David Letterman in the early 80’s.
Maloney said famous musician Otis Blackwell appeared that night, and Letterman also did his staple segment of “Stupid Pet Tricks.”
Maloney’s segment featured the former Rangers in full gear on the ice with Letterman at Rockefeller Center. Letterman wore some old-school goalie gear while interviewing Maloney, then took some shots before they switched roles and Maloney played net.
The always-humble Maloney said he believes the only reason Letterman asked him to come on the show was because the host’s first choice, Wayne Gretzky, wasn’t able to make it.
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With Pat Leonard