Hank celebrates birthday with 32 saves, Rangers win

Henrik Lundqvist celebrated his 35th birthday in style, coming up huge for the Rangers during their league leading 22nd road win. Hank started strong with 5 Grade A saves in the first 10 minutes while his team got their legs under them. Young guns Pavel Buchnevich and Oscar Lindberg provided two 3rd period goals in spectacular fashion. Buch unleashed a screamer of a slap shot to beat Tuuka Rask high glove side and Lindberg deked Carlo before beating Rask high again for the GWG, definitely worth a second or third watch.

Brad Marchand scored his 29th of the season to close the NYR lead to 2-1 with seven minutes left in the game. The Rangers were able to hold on to the lead thanks to a few spectacular, sprawling saves by Lundqvist and a timely block by the captain with 3:26 left in the game to preserve the win.

The win for Lundqvist was the 403rd of his career, tying him with Grant Fuhr for 10th all time. Hank continues to thrive when facing 30+ shots and that is good news for the Blueshirts as they were outshot, 33-21. Despite this disadvantage the Rangers improved their 3rd period goal differential to +28 and extended their league lead in 3rd period goals scored.

Positives

  • Henrik. Lundqvist.
  • Brendan Smith played well in his first game for the Rangers. Physical, reliable, and worked well with Mac
  • Oscar Lindberg, highlight goal aside, is finding the confidence he had last year. A steady force on the 4th line, he showed his value tonight. Also, that was a sweet goal he scored

Negatives

  • The power play. Went scoreless again
  • Staal/Holden were shaky tonight. Letting up multiple solid scoring chances, including 3 in the first 10 minutes.
  • Offense was barely noticeable until the 3rd period

 

 

 

 

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