Henrik Lundqvist Propels New York Rangers To Victory In Goaltending Showdown vs. Detroit Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard
Usually when you think of the Detroit Red Wings you think of a team that always knows how to score goals. However, with so many injured players, like Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen for example, let’s just say the Red Wings were less dangerous than usual.
So with that being said, the New York Rangers should be able to score some goals, limit the Red Wings offensively and win the game easily, right?
You know by now the Rangers are offensively challenged, and last night at Madison Square Garden, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made it even more difficult for the Rangers to score, stopping a total of 47 out of 48 Rangers’ shots on goal. Luckily for the Rangers, though, their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was just slightly better than Howard, stopping all 38 Red Wings shots on goal in a 1-0 Rangers win.
Most of the time, for the casual fan especially, 1-0 games are thought of as boring, but there is no way anyone who watched last night’s Rangers-Red Wings game can say that. I mean both teams’ offenses had tons upon tons of scoring chances; just look at the total number of shots by each team. Both Lundqvist and Howard had to be on their A+ game, and man were they ever.
Everyone knew it was going to take either a deflection, a massive goaltender screen, a shootout or some weird play to finally get a goal past one of these goaltenders. Thankfully for the Rangers luck was on their side as it took a deflection off a defender’s stick off of a Mats Zuccarello attempted pass to finally put one in the net.
All in all, this was a great game and the goaltenders for both teams stole the show. This was a big game for the Rangers with both the teams fighting for playoff spots. While the play of both Lundqvist and Howard made me want the game to last forever, I am glad that when it did end, it ended with two points added to the Rangers’ season total.