A shutout is never easy to come by, but against a Buffalo Sabres team currently struggling to accomplish anything positive, a shutout was rather “relaxing”, instead of chaotic like usual, for New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Now I am not taking anything away from Lundqvist, but the Rangers’ skaters controlled the puck for the majority of the game and as a result led to very few scoring chances for the Sabres. I mean other than the opening minutes of the game and parts of the third period, Lundqvist was really not tested at all, and in my opinion there is no other goalie more deserving of a night like this than Henrik.
Ever since Lundqvist entered into the NHL with the Rangers back in 2005 he has had to be stellar every single game in order for the Rangers to win. He is arguably the hardest working goaltender on the planet so it is about time Lundqvist didn’t have to be at his complete best for the Rangers to win a game.
But guess what?
During the only few chances the Sabres had last night, Lundqvist looked his old self, was confident, and made the save when needed to.
Hey, if the Rangers play more games like that this season, I would find it hard to believe and very strange if Lundqvist would still want to leave after this season.
It’s still early, but with Lundqvist being Lundqvist, the defense being strong, and with the offense buying into head coach Alain Vigneault‘s system of puck control, hopefully we are seeing an early turn around to the Rangers 2013-14 season.