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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Post- Game Notes & Reaction; Lundqvist Stops Season-High 43 Shots in Win Over Sinking Devils


-Henrik Lundqvist stopped a season-high, 43 shots, including all 20 shots faced in the second period, improving to 16-12-2 overall, including a 11-6-0 mark on the road. He is now 8-4-1 with a 1.83 goals against average, a .932 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 14 games, and is tied for the league lead with 11 road wins. Lundqvist is now 21-7-5 with a 1.80 goals against average in 33 career regular season games vs. the Devils, and improved to 19-4-5 with a 1.69 goals against average and .939 save percentage in 28 career regular season games against Martin Brodeur.

Lundqvist stopped all 20 shots he faced in the second period, helping the Rangers turn a 1-1 tie into a 2-1 advantage by the time 40 minutes of hockey had been played. With calm precision, Lundqvist stared down shots from all angles and all areas of the ice as the Devils fired away without hesitation in the middle stanza.

“When you play a team like this that’s been struggling you can tell they’re going to try and create things by throwing pucks at you from everywhere,” said Lundqvist, whose 43 saves on Wednesday were a season-high. “I think they played pretty well, but you can tell they’re lacking in confidence a little bit with the last part, scoring goals.”

“It was not our best game, but we battled and we just found a way to win this game,” said Lundqvist. “It was great to see. And we’ve had a few wins this year where we weren’t playing our best, but we worked really hard and found ways to win.”

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