* Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 27 shots, and is now 23-19-4 overall with a 13-10-1 mark on the road. He has now started in each of the Rangers’ last 29 meetings with the Devils, and has posted a record of 21-9-5 with a 1.85 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and five shutouts in 35 career regular season appearances vs. New Jersey.
From Ranger Rants:
“It’s disappointing not getting any points,” said Lundqvist, who stopped all but one of the Devils’ 28 shots - the exception being Ilya Kovalchuk’s breakaway at 8:18 of the second period. “It felt like they were really strong in the first two periods. In the third, we came out and played really well but it was not enough.
“It felt like they were the better team, for two periods at least,” Lundqvist added.
“They have so much more confidence,” Lundqvist said. “Defensively, they didn’t give us much. Their top players are playing better. And the bounce goes to the wrong player. Kovalchuk is playing well. I just tried to be patient (on the breakaway) but he just beat me with a good shot. It was under my glove and over my pads. It’s tough when he comes in with that much speed. In shootouts, they come in with less speed. But to face a guy like this at 100 mph, it’s a little different.
“They’re in the race,” Lundqvist added. “It’s unbelievable. But they’re in the race.”