* Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 22 shots to record his seventh shutout of the season, and 31st of his career. He improved to 20-14-3 overall with an 8-7-2 mark at home, and is now 13-6-2 with a 1.69 goals against average, a .940 save percentage and five shutouts in his last 21 games. With the shutout, Lundqvist passed Jon Ross Roach for third on the Rangers’ all-time career regular season shutouts list (31), and moved ahead of Mike Richter for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time career shutouts list (regular season + playoffs) with 34. He is now tied for the league lead with seven shutouts on the season. The seven shutouts also ties Lundqvist’s career-high (2007-08).
* Lundqvist also registered his 20th win of the season, and has now posted at least 20 wins in each of his six NHL seasons. He is the third goalie in NHL history to record 20 or more wins in their first six seasons (Bill Durnan, 7 seasons from 1943 to 1949; George Hainsworth, 6 seasons from 1926 to 1931). Lundqvist now owns the second longest active streak of 20-plus win seasons (six), behind Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo (eight).
Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game… “Once we scored our first two goals we took over the game completely. We did a good job. Our penalty kills were really good. It was a great win and a great way to bounce back from two tough losses.”
From Rangers Report:
Henrik Lundqvist said he was rooting for Marian Gaborik to score six goals so it would knock from the record book the five he scored in a game against Lundqvist.
From the Blueshirts Blog:
“Mentally and physically, I feel great,” Lundqvist said. “I can feel a big difference. I feel great. The team is playing really well, I think. As long as I am focusing on my part, we will have a good chance to win because we are always there and we always work hard. That is exciting for a goalie.”
“It was very disappointing to hear that news about Dubi because he’s been such a key guy for us,” said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 22 shots to earn his league-high-tying seventh shutout of the season -- and 31st of his career -- on Wednesday. “But I think it’s important that we don’t use this news as an excuse for not winning or getting points. This is the response we needed, but we have to keep going because we have a tough stretch ahead.”
From Ranger Rants:
“It was quiet but they got a couple of chances,” Lundqvist said. “I just tried to stay sharp. I wanted to get a shutout and it is a great feeling. The guys in front of me played great.”
Three star selections
1st: MARIAN GABORIK
2nd: ARTEM ANISIMOV
3rd: HENRIK LUNDQVIST
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