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Lundqvist steps up with 39-save shutout in Game 3

Apr 16, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist AP

For years Henrik Lundqvist has been one of hockey’s elite goaltenders, but one thing he’s never been able to do is win a Stanley Cup with the Rangers. He hasn’t even come close.

That might change this year. For one thing, Lundqvist set an even higher standard for himself in 2011-12. He finished the campaign with a sub-2 GAA for the first time and set a new career-high with a .930 save percentage.

He’s also more rested going into the playoffs than he’s been in several of his previous attempts, thanks to backup goaltender Martin Biron‘s efforts.

Lundqvist was the difference on Monday, stopping 39 shots in the Rangers’ 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators. After an overtime loss in Game 2, Lundqvist has put the Rangers back in the drivers seat by handing them a 2-1 series lead.

“We ran into a hot goaltender tonight,” Senators goaltender Craig Anderson said. “We just have to find a way to get more traffic and put a couple by him.”

Of course, that’s easier said than done. So far Lundqvist has been just as good in the playoffs as he was during the regular season. Still, the Senators have already demonstrated that they shouldn’t be taken lightly.

  1. highpowered350 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Long live the King

  2. biffnasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    King Henry!!!!!!! Out played and out classed those silly canadians

  3. teaspoon1731 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    That’s why we call him King!

  4. elguapo12 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    That’s why everyone else calls him the only player the rangers have worth mentioning. They won’t go far if they keep getting dominated like that. A deeper team will smoke them.

    • barkar942 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:29 AM

      A deeper team like the Penguins?

    • brian32556 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      Seemed to work pretty well all season. Don’t give up goals and you have a high chance of winning. And you can keep your superstars – we have a TEAM!

      LETS GO RANGERS!

    • oconnor007 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Uh? So NYR win one game on the road in the playoffs because of Lundqvist and they all of a sudden have no one besides him.

      Your logic, it makes no sense, sir.

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