by Patrick Hoffman on 04/17/12 at 12:37 AM ET
Just like he did during the regular season, New York Rangers’ superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was the main reason why the Rangers won a hockey game.
Only this time, Lundqvist was the main reason why the Blueshirts won a playoff game in making 39 saves to shutout the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 at Scotiabank Place. The win gives the Rangers a 2-1 series lead, a lead that they will look to extend on Wednesday night in Game 4.
Simply put, Lundqvist was outstanding tonight. He made the first save, second save and on occasion, the third save when he needed to help keep his team in the hockey game.
The “King” was especially good in the third period when he stopped 14 Senators’ shots. He made an outstanding save on a rebound shot from in close by Senators’ forward Kyle Turris which ended up sealing the shutout victory for the Blueshirts.
Had Lundqvist not been as good as he was tonight, this game could have been a much different story for the Blueshirts. The team had trouble generating sustained offense in the Senators’ zone and once again showed that they like to pass off good shooting opportunities.
Luckily for the Rangers, forward Brian Boyle came through with his third goal of the series just over eight minutes into the third period. Boyle now has three goals in the series and eight goals in his last 12 games, showing signs of the player he was last season.
With Game 3 out of the way and a 2-1 series lead, the Rangers need to continue to stay the course while looking to generate more scoring opportunities. With Lundqvist between the pipes, they know they have someone they can count on to make the big save when they need it.
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