Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to earn his seventh win of the season. He stopped all 23 shots he faced in the final two periods, including all 14 shots he faced in the third period. Lundqvist appeared in his 742nd career game with the Rangers (regular season and playoffs combined) in tonight’s contest, tying Mike Richter for the most overall appearances by a Rangers goaltender in franchise history. In addition, Lundqvist tied Richter for the most combined regular season and playoff appearances by an NHL goaltender who only played for one team in their career. In 2015-16, Lundqvist has played 110:27 in situations when the Rangers have either been tied or held a one-goal lead at any point in the third period. In those situations, Lundqvist has posted a 0.54 GAA and a .986 SV% (68 saves on 69 shots). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Lundqvist leads the NHL in SV% this season (.945). In addition, he has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of 11 appearances this season, including each of his last seven appearances. Lundqvist has been named one of the game’s Three Stars in nine of the 11 contests he has played in 2015-16, including nine of his last 10 appearances and each of his last seven appearances. He has been named the game’s First Star five times and the game’s Third Star four times. In addition, he has been named the game’s First Star in five of the seven games he has won this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist has been named one of the game’s Three Stars in seven consecutive games in which he has played for the first time since Dec. 20, 2011 – Jan. 10, 2012 (seven straight). Following tonight’s game, Lundqvist is eight saves away from passing Richter for the most career saves (regular season and playoff combined) in Rangers history.
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