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Lundqvist stops 48 vs. ‘Canes; Tortorella: “Best I’ve seen him play”

Apr 6, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers were out-shot by the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night and, at times, outplayed.

But thanks to Henrik Lundqvist, they weren’t outscored.

Lundqvist stopped 48 of 49 shots in a virtuoso performance as the Rangers beat the ‘Canes 4-1 in Raleigh, earning high praise from head coach John Tortorella.

“That’s the best I’ve seen him play since I’ve been here,” Tortorella told the New York Daily News.

Torts has been the bench boss in New York since Feb. 2009, and it’s hard to argue with his assessment of Lundqvist’s play. The Swedish ‘tender stopped all 14 shots faced in both the first and second periods before stopping 20 of 21 in the final frame — only Zac Dalpe’s snapshot got by.

The Rangers got goals from Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan, Rick Nash and Brian Boyle to secure their third win in four games. The victory put them into seventh in the Eastern Conference, tied on 42 points with the Islanders but ahead of their in-state rivals thanks to fewer games played.

Following the contest, Lundqvist reflected on his busy night with a bit of humor for reporters.

“I’m so tired I don’t know what to say right now,” he said, laughing. “Short answers today.”

Update

Here’s more on Lundqvist’s performance from his Rangers teammate, Arron Asham, via Twitter:

 

  1. lockjaw87 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    He couldn’t do that against the franchise. Ever. Lock it up. Geno tore his tamp inside him.

    • nicknyhc - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      He actually did do something similar against “The Franchise” in a 6-1 victory last week.

  2. sean15022 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    You and the franchise enjoy another early exit this year dude. Hey, no one *expects* the Rangers to last. But your team is slated to win it every year.

  3. biffnasty - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    looks like the King starting to get hot…i feel sorry for the rest of the Eastern conference

  4. lockjaw87 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Don’t worry the savior will return to ruin this fake kings sausage party.

  5. barkar942 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    This message is to anyone on this site who has 42 screen names having something to do with Pittsburgh.
    Don’t worry. You will be facing the Islanders in your 4-and-out first round.

    • drone501 - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      dream on little man. we handle any team from ny with ease. rags win one game from THE FRANCHISE and all of a sudden they”re planning parade route. the route this year runs through pittsburgh.

  6. jkay1818 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    A ton of people comment on it, but I have to say something finally too. How big of a loser are you? You literally sit on here all day saying the same thing over and over again. It’s not even that, you literally sit on here all day making new names. Just the process alone, creating a name, signing up, waiting for the confirmation email. even if you are 14 yrs old, it’s still pathetic. Get a friend or a job. It’s painful already the lengths you go to repeat yourself. or are you that delusional that you think people might believe a ton of pens fans are like this? I know you live in pittsburgh or a surrounding area and there isn’t much to do, but get a grip. Man, what would have happened when they were going to move pitt to vegas a few yrs ago bc “the franchise” was so dreadful.

  7. markeatonslits - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    jkay, SCA is accepting applications if you would like to stop your jealousy and just join the thickest army in the world brah

  8. barkar942 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Hey PHT editors- Isn’t it time you took out the Acme web address decoder and got rid of these 42 idiots?

  9. gamechangingjaw87 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Sorry all you non-franchisees, but it time to accept the facts that we are SCA and working professionals with numerous bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Your pathetic cities and weak teams will never be on par with The Franchise. Time for you losers to give up..

  10. blomfeld - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    BRA JOBBAT HENRIK !!!

    Another quality article by comrade Halford! Anyway, it’s probably time again to re-visit the league’s top net-minders eh ? :)

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Henrik Lundqvist
    3) Corey Schneider
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Ryan Miller

    28) Ilya Bryzgalov
    29) Roberto Luongo
    30) Miikka Kiprusoff

    source: Bloomberg Sports News

  11. monsor - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Franchise? Douche-chise, maybe.

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