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Lundqvist bests Howard in goalie duel, Rangers beat Wings 1-0

Jan 16, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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Thursday night was all about the masked men at Madison Square.

In one of the best goaltending duels of the season, Henrik Lundqvist edged Jimmy Howard as the Rangers beat the Red Wings 1-0, giving New York its fourth win in its last five games.

Mats Zuccarello scored his team-leading 12th goal of the year with less than six minutes remaining to give the Blueshirts the victory but, really, this one was all about Lundqvist and Howard.

The former stopped all 38 shots faced for his third shutout of the season, but might’ve been the second-best netminder on the ice. Howard was nothing short of brilliant for the Wings, stopping 47 of 48 shots — including 35 through the first two periods — and appears to be regaining some of the form that got him a nod at the No. 3 goalie for the U.S. Olympic team.

Speaking of the Olympics, Sweden has to be thrilled at how Lundqvist has turned on his game in recent weeks. He’s given up two goals or less in each of his last five games and now has a save percentage of over .940 for the month of January.

  1. jaybyrd99 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    That was a great game, high amount of shots by both teams and great goaltending by both Lundqvist and Howard. Flu key goal , but I’ll take it (-:

  2. challer9 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    But I thought since they made his pads smaller he sucked now? Oh wait, no I didn’t. Dude dominates for the better part of a decade, then people start acting like he’s a scrub when he has a bad stretch to start the season. Anyone who watches hockey knows this guy is all-world despite the fact he plays for the loathed Rangers.

  3. jaybyrd99 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    *Fluke goal not flu key

    • cofran2004 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:12 AM

      Ha, I thought you did that on purpose. If you hadn’t corrected it, I don’t think anyone would have known.

  4. bozgood - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Great goaltending. Great game. With that said, I hope Pav, Mule, Helm, are enjoying their vacation. The Wings can’t find a way to put one in the net without them. 120 mins and no goals.

  5. bazata - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Rangers starting to look like the team most fans expected them to look. Just need to finish more consistently

  6. jbink2585 - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    King Hank is a monster. SIGNED A FLYERS FAN

  7. shortsxit34 - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    I know everybody hates ties, but it’s criminal that one of these guys gets the loss, especially while recording a shutout.

    • jaybyrd99 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      While howard was brilliant , he didn’t get a regulatin SO , nor did the wings get a point . Zuc scored late in the third , Hank was fantastic as well as the rangers earned a 1-0 win in 60 minutes.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      they didn’t go to overtime, so only one of the guys recorded a shut out.

    • rpiotr01 - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I’m a Rangers fan but can’t argue that Howard didn’t earn his team a point with that performance. Sometimes you play crummy, get to a shootout and win when you don’t deserve 2 pts, sometimes the goalie stands on his head, gets a bad bounce and the team gets nothing for the effort. It’s the way hockey goes sometimes.

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      My fault, for some reason I thought it was in a shootout

  8. cofran2004 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Hank figured out his smaller pads and Vigeault’s system. I said months ago, while everyone was bashing him that he would. I said his work ethic was just too much for him not to. I was thumb downed, made fun of, told I was moronic, etc. Almost to the point where I was ready to give up on him too. I feel kind of dumb myself now. He’s making ALL of his doubters look dumb.

    Stupid peer pressure…

  9. LampyB - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Total fluke goal on lucky bounce. That game should have hit OT!

    • cofran2004 - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Woulda coulda shoulda. They all count.

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