Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist freaked out and flipped over the net after collision with teammate

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In a crucial matchup against division-rival Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist lost his cool and the Rangers went on to lose the game.

The moment came in the second period with the score still tied 0-0. The Penguins had a 2-on-2 breakaway. Lundqvist slid out to the side and caused an errant pass. But while doing so, he ended up right in the path of teammate Ryan McDonagh, leading to a nasty collision.

Lundqvist was livid, screaming at the referees, believing they should have stopped the action because of the collision and the lost stick.

Meanwhile, his stick was still on the ice in the corner and play was still going on. So when the Penguins controlled the puck and started moving back up ice, Lundqvist turned around and intentionally shoved his net off of its pegs.

That is a 2-minute delay-of-game penalty.

Of course, a 2-minute penalty beats trying to stop a shot without a stick, which is exactly what he would have had to do. Look at where the shot goes.

The Pens didn't score on the subsequent power play, but did go on to score three times in the period and win 4-1.

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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist freaked out and flipped over the net after collision with teammate
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 3: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers gets called for a delay of game penalty after flipping over the net during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on March 3, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory ShamusNHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: Henrik Lundqvist attends New York Rangers Casino Night To Benefit The Garden Of Dreams Foundation at Gotham Hall on March 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 27: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers blocks a shot on goal against the Dallas Stars in the first period at American Airlines Center on February 27, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers takes the ice before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on January 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers salutes the crowd after the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on October 10, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/NHLI via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - MAY 22: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers talks to the media after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5 to 1 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 22, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers looks on during pre game warmups before the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist speaks with reporters about his custom designed goalie masks during An Evening 'Behind The Mask' With The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation at Helen Mills Theater on March 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 14: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers stands for the singing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Edmonton Oilers on December 14, 2014 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Marko Ditkun/NHLI via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: Marian Gaborik #12 of the Los Angeles Kings shakes hands with Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers after the Kings 3-2 double-overtime victory during Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers speaks to the media following his team's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers acknowledges the crowd after his team defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in Game Four of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers tends goal against the Los Angeles Kings during Game One of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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It was a crucial loss for the Rangers. With only 19 games to go in the regular season, they are hanging on tightly to one of the coveted top-3 spots in the Metropolitan Division. Only the top three teams in each division are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. With Thursday's loss, the distance between the second-place Rangers and the fourth-place Penguins is now just six points.

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