Last night’s game for the New York Rangers against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Columbus, OH was as close to a must win, do or die, game as you can get. With both the Rangers and the Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division, and tied for 3rd with 78 points going into last night’s game, the stakes were certainly high and the pressure was on both teams to get it done. Only one team can win, however, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made sure it was his Rangers.
Rangers’ Rick Nash‘s first return to Columbus, after leaving the Blue Jackets in a trade two years ago, plus all of the ex-Rangers currently on the Blue Jackets and all of the ex-Blue Jackets currently on the Rangers, were certainly the hot topics going into last night’s game. Although, after it was all said it done, it was Lundqvist who stole the show.
Lundqvist finished the game with 25 saves and only allowing one goal in a 3-1 Rangers win. Not only was it so important for the Rangers to win last night, but to win the game in regulation made the win even sweeter, and that is thanks to Lundqvist, who honestly should have gotten a shutout. If it was not for Benoit Pouliot‘s stick breaking on a pass in the Rangers’ zone, Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno would have never stole the puck and wristed a beautiful top shelf goal that gave the Blue Jackets at 1-0 lead at that point, early in the 3rd period.
The Rangers would then respond with rheww unanswered goals in the 3rd period in route to a 3-1 win, but you have to remember that it was Lundqvist last night in Columbus who gave the Rangers that chance to win that game. Lundqvist made many key saves last night and kept the Rangers in the game every time the Blue Jackets’ offense put pressure on the Rangers in their zone. This is how Lundqvist must play throughout the remaining games if the Rangers want to make the playoffs this season.
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