Henrik Lundqvist has been a surprising story all season with the New York Rangers and around the NHL due to him statistically having his worst season in his ninth year in the league. He owns a 12-15 record with a career-low single-season save percentage at .908, and a career-high GAA at 2.70.
Unlike the usual bad luck Lundqvist seems to get with the Rangers not being able to score for him, he is also surrendering a lot of bad goals and even had a streak of allowing threeor more goals in eight straight games. That was only recently snapped on New Year’s Eve in Florida against the Florida Panthers.
In that game, Lundqvist finally looked like the Lundqvist of old and stole the show. He not only played great in net, but was the only reason why the Rangers won, which is just like old times. I have been so used to seeing Lundqvist being the Rangers’ best player for eight years now, and I want it to stay that way.
That may seem like a strange thing to say, but I like it better when the Rangers win low-scoring games at 1-0 or 2-1 than them losing games at 4-3, which they have been doing this season.
For the first time all season, Lundqvist showed confidence and owned his net. The only goal he surrendered against the Panthers was on a bad giveaway behind the Rangers’ net by Dan Girardi. Lundqvist played well enough for a shutout and if the Rangers want to turn this season around for the better, then he has to play the rest of this season with that same demeanor.