by Patrick Hoffman on 04/06/13 at 08:46 PM ET
It is always said in the NHL that to win hockey games, you need good goaltending.
Tonight, New York Rangers' netminder Henrik Lundqvist went above and beyond for his club in making 48 saves to help his team to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. For the Blueshirts, the two points keeps them in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and two points behind the Ottawa Senators and four points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While the Rangers did get goals from Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan, Rick Nash, and Brian Boyle, this game was won by Lundqvist. Time and time again, Lundqvist was in the right position to bail out his hockey club's defensive miscue's while also being the team's best player on their penalty kill.
Lundqvist stopped 14 shots in both the first and second periods and was simply spectacular in stopping 20 of 21 shots in the third period. The Hurricanes buzzed around in the Rangers' zone all night long but because of Lundqvist's great play between the pipes, did not have too much to show for it.
After losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a shootout last night, there was some concern regarding Lundqvist's hamstring. Lundqvist showed tonight that he is as tough as they came and went out and played not only one of the best games of this season, but perhaps in his entire career.
After getting off to a somewhat slow start in this shortened season, it appears that the "King" has found his game at the right time. Lundqvist is now 6-2-2 in his last ten games and in those ten games, has not allowed more than two goals.
For the Rangers and their fans, Lundqvist's play is nothing new. Since joining the league in 2005-06, Lundqvist has easily been the team's most valuable player in every season (with the exception of 2005-06, which is when Jaromir Jagr dominated the league) and has done so with big-time saves, big-time moments, and big-time consistency that always gets his team behind him.
With just 10 games remaining, Lundqvist is in the zone and for the Rangers, that should mean a lot more wins in their future and perhaps, a solid seed in the East when the postseason begins in late April.
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