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Lundqvist Keeps Capitals at Bay in 2-1 Win

After getting off to a somewhat slow start, it appears that New York Rangers' starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is back to being himself between the pipes for his hockey club.

This was extremely evident tonight in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 shots and picked-up his fourth straight win as he improves his record to 7-5 on the season.

Lundqvist was especially terrific in the third period as the Capitals beared down in the third period. The Capitals fired 11 shots at Lundqvist but the 30-year-old netminder stopped them all.

Before Lundqvist got on a roll in this game, it looked like the Rangers were going to blow the Capitals out of the water. The team outshot the Capitals 20-8 in the first period and yet, the club went into the second period down 1-0 thanks to the outstanding play of Capitals' netminder Braden Holtby.

That all changed when streaking Rangers' forward Carl Hagelin scored on a deflection to tie the game at one apiece. For Hagelin, it was his fifth goal in his last four games.

Then, in the third period, the Blueshirts managed to convert on the power play (yes, you read that right). The team made it look so easy as Brad Richards got it to Michael Del Zotto who then made a diagonal pass to Derek Stepan and Stepan beat an outstretched Holtby to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.

The Rangers' penalty killing was terrific tonight. The penalty killing unit (s) blocked a lot of shots, were able to chip loose pucks out of the zone and allowed Lundqvist to see the puck as the team killed off all four Capitals' power plays.

With the win, the Blueshirts improved to 8-5-1 on the season. Currently, the team sits in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference and this week, will take on one team that is ahead of them twice (Montreal Canadiens) and one team that is behind them (Ottawa Senators).

If Lundqvist continues his fine play, it could end up being a good week for the Rangers and their fans.

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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