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Discuss: Lundqvist’s 36-save shutout paces Rangers to 3-0 win

May 19, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT


All hail King Henrik.

That was the story on Saturday at the Prudential Center as Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 36 shots faced in New York’s 3-0 win over New Jersey in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

With the win, the Rangers gave themselves a 2-1 series lead and wrestled back home-ice advantage.

Some talking points for the comments section:

— How good has Lundqvist been in Game 3s this postseason? In Round 1, he posted a 39-save shutout against Ottawa. In Round 2, he stopped 45 of 46 shots in a triple OT win over Washington.

Chris Kreider‘s magical spring continues. He scored his fifth goal of the postseason (and third of this series) to move within one of Brad Richards for the team lead. Not bad for a 20-year-old a month removed from collegiate hockey, huh?

— Speaking of unlikely scoring leaders, Dan Girardi moved ahead of Marian Gaborik for second on the Rangers in points with his game-winning tally early in the third period. Girardi now has 3G-8A-11PTS in 17GP, pretty impressive production from a guy that had 29 points in 82 regular season games.

— Tough afternoon for New Jersey defenseman Bryce Salvador. He took the hooking penalty that led to Girardi’s game-winner, then was on the ice for Kreider’s insurance tally.

— Uncharacteristically quiet game from Zach Parise. No points, minus-2 rating, one hit and just three shots on goal. He’s now minus-5 over the entire series.

— Rangers captain Ryan Callahan snapped his six-game goalless drought with an empty netter late in the third.

  1. cruuuzcontrol - May 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Boy, the Rangers sure looked real tired in that decisive 3rd period…

    • anthonykornheiser - May 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      they looked tired in the first and before the timeout in the second. I thought they had the edge in the third. Even at times when the nyr were being outplayed Marty made some ridiculous stops.

    • anthonykornheiser - May 19, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      ah, sorry cruz, just picked up on your sarcasm. Theyve been great this whole run in the 3rd. Wish they had more of a jump early on these games.

  2. teaspoon1731 - May 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Not taking anything away from the skill or seasons that Renne and Quick have had, but if Lundqvist doesn’t win the Vezina, something is seriously wrong in the hockey world.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 19, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Well before the series started I predicted the KING would have three shutouts in this series if your counting he already has two

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Agreed. No way they’re the top seed or even have home ice without him.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        Dammit, that’s in response to teaspoon.

  4. rainyday56 - May 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Looks like Parise is already fitting in with the Rangers.

    • buckeye044 - May 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Will they be able to match what Detroit is going to offer?

  5. mrpigs - May 19, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Has to be seriously demoralizing to devils fans, they really controlled that game for a long time and still lost 3-0. Thank god for 60 mins of hockey, Go Rangers!

  6. mrpigs - May 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Thx 1943

  7. biffnasty - May 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Amazing how Rangers are outplayed for 40 min of hockey and still walk away with a 3-0 win. All hail King Henry

  8. stakex - May 19, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    There Rangers really weren’t out played for 40 minutes. They were out played bad in the first, but things were far more even in the second… a few horrible defensive plays aside.

    In the end though, you have to play for 60 minutes… and again the Devils let a game slip away that could have been theres. You don’t often win a series when you do that twice.

  9. nyrangersfan - May 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I’m concerned that this late in the year the Rangers are still having these types of games.

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