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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Post-Game Notes & Reaction; Lundqvist Extends Assist Streak to Three Games-Ties NHL Record in Loss to Montreal


* Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots and is now 18-13-3 overall, including a 6-7-2 mark at home. He is now 11-5-2 with a 1.79 goals against average, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 18 games. Lundqvist also registered an assist to extend his assist streak to three games, tying the NHL record for longest assist streak by a goaltender. Two other goalies have posted three-game assist streaks in NHL history – Tom Barrasso in 1984-85 and 1988-89, and Ed Belfour in 2001-02. Lundqvist is the first Rangers goalie ever to record an assist in three straight games (goalie games played, not team games). *courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau

From Ranger Rants:

Not surprisingly, Lundqvist was in a bit of a sour mood (for him) after the game.

“I felt like it wasn’t our night tonight,” Lundqvist said. “They’re a good team with really good speed. It’s very disappointing we came up short at home.”

That said, Lundqvist said he was pleased overall with his game (36 saves) and called it a “goalie’s world” because he was fielding repeated questions about Benoit Pouliot’s winner, which slipped over his right shoulder as he tried to hug the post. If anything, Lundqvist said, he should have kept his chest up a little more.

“I think I played a great game but that’s my world,” Lundqvist said. “If you look at the whole game, I’m happy with the way I’m playing right now.”

Lundqvist said he wasn’t surprised by Pouliot’s shot, only, perhaps, by how hard the shot was.

Lundqvist said that was the more frustrating of the two goals he allowed - after he was knocked on his rear end and pushed into his net on Jaroslav Spacek’s goal, a goal that Pouliot admitted to after the game that he had pushed in with his glove.

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