-Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 of 41 shots, including the last 28 shots he faced, and is now 19-14-3 overall with a 12-7-1 mark on the road. Lundqvist has posted a record of 12-6-2 with a 1.77 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and four shutouts in his last 20 games.
Things really heated up on the ice, though, late in the second, and Lundqvist threw himself, literally and figuratively, right into the mix. Extremely upset after Max Pacioretty crashed into him and knocked him into the back of the net on a rush with 2:13 to play in the middle period, Lundqvist pounced on top of Pacioretty and began throwing punches with his right hand.
Players from both sides jumped into the wild melee, and after a long scrum Lundqvist eventually emerged without his facemask on. Known for his intense, though very calm, demeanor on the ice, Lundqvist clearly had had enough of being on the receiving end of physical play. At the same time, he showed his teammates that he had far from quit on this game.
“I just felt like he didn’t try and stop at all,” said Lundqvist. “Usually I stay pretty calm, but it’s kind of hard to stay calm in this building because your emotions fly, especially when he doesn’t stop. It just happened.”
Tortorella had no issues with what his goalie did.
“I loved Hank doing that,” said Tortorella. “I loved his emotion.”
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