Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots he faced to earn his fourth consecutive win and his eighth win of the season, as well as his first shutout of the season. Lundqvist appeared in his 743rd career game with the Rangers/in his NHL career (regular season + playoffs) in tonight’s contest, passing Mike Richter for the most overall appearances by a goaltender in franchise history. Lundqvist is also the all-time leader in combined regular season and playoff appearances by an NHL goaltender who only played with one team in his career. With 33 saves in the contest, Lundqvist passed Richter to become the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season and playoff saves combined (19,430). In his first 12 appearances this season, the Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader has posted an 8-2-2 record, along with a 1.65 GAA, a .949 SV% (374 saves on 394 shots), and 1 SO. Lundqvist’s 1.65 GAA and .949 SV% are the best totals he has posted in each category over the first 12 games of any season in his career, and his eight wins are tied for the most he has recorded to start one season in his career. In addition, Lundqvist’s .949 SV% is the best any Rangers goaltender has posted in his first 12 games of a season since the NHL began tracking the statistic in 1975-76. Lundqvist has been named one of the game’s Three Stars in 10 of the 12 contests he has played in 2015-16, including 10 of his last 11 appearances and each of his last eight appearances. He has been named the game’s First Star six times and the game’s Third Star four times. In addition, he has been named the game’s First Star in six of the eight games he has won this season. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of 12 appearances this season, including each of his last eight appearances, and he has made at least 30 saves in seven of his 12 appearances. In games which he has made at least 30 saves, Lundqvist has posted a 6-0-1 record, along with a 1.56 GAA, a .957 SV%, and 1 SO. In his last eight home games against the Hurricanes, Lundqvist has posted an 8-0-0 record, along with a 0.85 GAA, a .972 SV%, and 1 SO, and he has allowed one goal or fewer in all eight games.
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