“I feel really good. Great thanksgiving dinner yesterday, and even better win today.” – Henrik Lundqvist during the post-game presser
Henrik Lundqvist has proven age is not as much a factor as anyone might have thought. The veteran Rangers goaltender stopped 40 shots (in nearly every way imaginable, mind you) en route to a 2-1 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings at MSG.
This is the Rangers’ third win in a row and ninth win in a row generally with Lundqvist starting all but one of these. Hank has started 11 straight himself and it was clear to every Rangers fan especially after the first period that the confidence of the Rangers goaltender is back.
Mats Zuccarello said himself, “The first period we played really bad. Too much turkey maybe from some of the guys yesterday.” Lundqvist was able to bail the team out after stopping 17 shots in the first period and then another 10 in the second.
“He’s had some good ones, but this one tonight was without a doubt up there. … Tonight he was the difference maker in a lot of different situations.” – Coach Alain Vigneault on Lundqvist’s performance
The team got going in the second period with the KZB line putting the offensive pressure on, but couldn’t break through Jimmy Howard.
Howard countered Lundqvist’s spectacular goaltending performance all night as he logged 29 saves.
Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and Pavel Buchnevich put their chemistry on display all night and in the third period the line was finally able to finish as Buchnevich was able to set up Kreider who buried the game-tying goal 10:17 into the third.
Mats Zuccarello cleaned things up quickly in overtime with a perfect shot teed up by Brady Skjei 37 seconds into overtime. The game-winner broke a 10-game stretch in which Zucc had not hit the twine.
The Rangers’ confidence right now is sky-high and with scoring up around the league the team will be happy to post a game like this in which they can rely on their star goaltending and compete in a low-scoring affair as well as their typical high-scoring action.