Hagelin hampered? Coach Vigneault says no

NEW YORK -- There was nothing hampering Carl Hagelin when he sat for a stretch during the second period of Sunday’s 1-0 loss, coach Alain Vigneault confirmed.

The 25-year-old Hagelin was uninjured as he logged only 3:05 over five shifts during a middle frame in which the Kings took over the game and built a 1-0 lead.

Hagelin didn’t play much more during the third period, either, with only 3:29 over six shifts. The speedy winger finished with only 12:27 in ice time, a season-low since returning from a shoulder injury last month.

Hagelin, who was on the ice for Tyler Toffoli's deflection goal, registered only one shot against Kings netminder Ben Scrivens.

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Asked about Mats Zuccarello's decision to pass up a shot on a 3-on-1 shorthanded rush in the second period, Vigneault struggled to find an explanation.

“Some nights, some of those decisions aren’t the right ones,” Vigneault said. “Tonight was one of those nights.”

Zuccarello finished the night with three shots over 20:43 of ice time.

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Though Henrik Lundqvist's efforts were overshadowed by Scrivens’ 37-save performance, the former Vezina Trophy winner was superb again as he held the Blueshirts in the game.

Though he did not skate away with the win, his numbers since returning from injury last month remain impressive. In his last eight games, Lundqvist has posted a 1.64 goals against average, a .942 save percentage and one shutout during that span.