After an emotional regulation win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, the New York Rangers had to get right back to work last night in New Jersey against the New Jersey Devils. With points at a premium, and after picking up a huge two points in Columbus with Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in net, the Rangers had to go right back to him and have Lundqvist start in New Jersey, despite both games being played just 24 hours apart. The Rangers would not live to regret this decision.
Lundqvist, who only allowed one goal against the Blue Jackets, completely shut the door on the Devils in a 2-0 shutout win. While the most important thing for Lundqvist and the Rangers was the two points, and once again in regulation, Lundqvist also reached another milestone in his career and broke yet another Rangers’ franchise record.
Just two games ago, when the Rangers took on the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa, Lundqvist broke the Rangers’ franchise record for most wins by a goaltender, surpassing Mike Richter, who held the previous record with 301 wins. So, with the Rangers’ franchise win total under his belt, just two games later in New Jersey, Lundqvist would overtake Hall of Famer Eddie Giacomin for most shutouts in Rangers’ history with 49, with his 50th shutout of his career.
The only thing that seems to be missing in Lundqvist’s career now is a Stanley Cup championship. While the odds may not be in the Rangers’ favor this season, one thing is for sure — they will need Lundqvist to continue to play like he has in the past two games if the Rangers want to make the playoffs this season and try to go on an improbable run in a quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup, and finishing off an already almost perfect resume for Lundqvist.
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