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Lundqvist backstops Rangers to win over Stars

Nov 22, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

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It took all of one period for those dialed into the New York Rangers-Dallas Stars game Thursday to realize Henrik Lundqvist was in for a busy night.

The Rangers goalie was called upon to make 23 saves in the opening 20 minutes, and then backstopped his team to a 3-2 win over the host Stars.

His final tally included 41 saves, and one assist on a long stretch pass that eventually led to Rick Nash scoring his first goal of the season after he missed 17 games earlier with a concussion.

The win starts the Rangers off on a five-game road trip.

“It’s not going to be an easy trip, so I’m happy to start this way … Henrik put on a display … he kept us in the game,” said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, as per the team’s Twitter account.

Chris Kreider and John Moore scored goals 37 seconds apart in the third period for the Rangers to break open a 1-1 tie.

  1. 7mantel - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Henrik put on s clinic last night !

  2. sportsfan69 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Wow! Now, Hendrick Lundyqvist is playing with like one of the highest paid goaltenders in the league. The team can’t carry the goaltender, especially when the goalie is making over 6 million per year. Hopefully, he can stay focused. No soft goals.

  3. cofran2004 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Hood to see Nash get on the board. He played with a lot of confidence last night. Also, with how hard Kreider works, it’s always nice to see him get a goal, however flukey. When he plays hard like this, I feel like he’s the same player as Callahan, the main difference being that Cally plays a lot ‘bigger’ than he actually is. And John Moore is a really nice piece. I haven’t seen him get beaten a lot in the defensive zone, but he knows when to step in offensively. If Del Zotto wants to stay with this team, taking some notes on Moore’s play might be a good idea.

    Good win… On to Nashville!

    • xdj511 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      That may very well have been MDZ’s last game with the Rangers… you have to know that AV was thinking… this kid had better not get caught pinching… leading to an odd-man rush the other way and resulting in a goal… and that’s exactly what happened.

  4. xdj511 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I guess the Rangers got tired of outplaying and outshooting other teams and losing anyway, so last night they decided to let the Stars outshoot and outplay them for most of the game, and instead capitalize on their mistakes. Hank stood on his head for the first period and kept them in the game.

    Their next homework assignment is to play a game where they aren’t outplayed by the other team AND win the game. Let’s see if they can pull that off tomorrow night.

  5. dallasstars9 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    The better team lost. But in a battle of world class goal tending, the better goalie last night was Lundqvist.

  6. sportsfan69 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Coach AV’s pep-talk with Lindqvist before the game.

  7. sportsfan69 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:58 PM

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