It perhaps took goaltender Henrik Lundqvist a touch longer than he would have liked given that the Rangers were in a 3-5-2 slump going into Tuesday’s contest, but he picked up his 20th victory of the season in New York’s 5-1 victory over Philadelphia. It’s the 13th consecutive season that Lundqvist has reached the 20-win milestone, making him the first goaltender in NHL history to ever reach that milestone, per NHL PR. He’s also one of just six netminders to have at least 13 20-win seasons in general, joining Chris Osgood, Tony Esposito, Ed Belfour, Martin Brodeur, and Patrick Roy. That’s great company to be a part of.
The victory was also the 425th of his career as he sits at eighth place in the all-time win list. Given that Lundqvist is 35-years-old and signed through 2020-21, it’s fair to believe that he still has a meaningful amount of time left to climb up that list. Ahead of him are Jacques Plante (437 wins), Terry Sawchuk (447), Curtis Joseph (454), and the still active 38-year-old Roberto Luongo (459). It’s feasible that Lundqvist will pass all of those before his career draws to a close.
Most importantly for the Rangers though, this season hasn’t been the mediocre campaign for Lundqvist that some feared it would be. After he left plenty to be desired in 2016-17 with his 2.74 GAA and .910 save percentage in 57 contests, Lundqvist has bounced back this season with a 2.54 GAA and .924 save percentage in 39 games. That’s critical as even at Lundqvist’s age, the Rangers still depend on him to stay competitive.
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ST. LOUIS 2 TORONTO 1
This game was a scoreless tie until 10:10 of the third period when Connor Brown gave the Maple Leafs the lead. It was his 11th goal and 17th point in 46 games this season.
It looked like that might be enough for the Maple Leafs to win, but Alexander Steen ended up tying the contest with just 57 seconds left in the third. He has seven goals and 24 points in 41 games.
Vince Dunn then chipped in the overtime winner. That gives him four goals and eight points in 40 games.
That ended what was otherwise a great game for Frederik Andersen on a sour note. He still turned aside 40 of 42 Blues shots last night.
St. Louis backup goaltender Carter Hutton saved 30 of 31 shots. He improved to 9-3-1 with a 1.78 GAA and .942 save percentage in 17 contests.
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NEW JERSEY 4 NY ISLANDERS 1
Damon Severson netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner. He’s up to six goals and 12 points in 40 contests.
Jesper Bratt assisted on two of the Devils’ four goals. That gives him 11 goals and 29 points in 42 games.
Anders Lee accounted for the lone Islanders’ goal. It was his 26th marker and 41st point in 46 games.
Jaroslav Halak surrendered four goals on 42 shots last night. He’s allowed four or more goals in six of his last seven contests.
Keith Kinkaid kicked out 25 of 26 Islanders shots. He has a 6-3-2 record, 3.10 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 12 games in 2017-18.
NY RANGERS 5 PHILADELPHIA 1
Henrik Lundqvist saved 25 of 26 shots to earn his 20th victory of the campaign. He has a 20-11-4 record, 2.54 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 38 contests this season.
At the other end of the ice, Brian Elliott got the start for the Flyers, but he was yanked after allowing five goals on 21 shots. Michal Neuvirth stepped in for the third frame and turned aside the eight shots he faced, but it was too late to save the Flyers.
Jordan Weal scored Philadelphia’s lone goal. It was his sixth marker and 14th point in 38 contests.
Rick Nash found the back of the net twice on Tuesday. That gives him 11 goals and 20 points in 45 games this season.
J.T. Miller accounted for the game-winning goal. He has nine markers and 28 points in 45 contests.
DALLAS 4 DETROIT 2
Jason Spezza scored two goals, including the game-winner. He’s up to seven goals and 18 points in 45 games.
Alexander Radulov assisted on two of the Stars’ four goals. That gives him 17 goals and 42 points in 46 contests this season.
Andreas Athanasiou scored a goal and registered an assist for the Red Wings. He has 10 goals and 21 points in 34 games.
Jimmy Howard stopped 22 of 26 Stars shots. He has a 14-14-6 record, 2.73 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 36 contests.
Ben Bishop kicked out 13 of a mere 15 shots last night. He never had to face more than six shots in a single period.
NASHVILLE 1 VEGAS 0
Juuse Saros earned the 43-save shutout, giving him three perfect games this season and two in his last three starts. He improved to 5-3-3 with a 2.23 GAA and .930 save percentage in 12 contests.
Jonathan Marchessault managed a staggering 10 shots against Saros, but none of them went through. Marchessault has 16 goals on 148 shots this season for a 10.8 shooting percentage.
Though Marc-Andre Fleury lost the goaltender duel, he had a strong night as well as he saved 26 of 27 shots. He has a 9-3-2 record, 1.77 GAA, and .943 save percentage in 14 starts this season.
Kevin Fiala scored the game’s only goal. It was his 11th marker and 27th point in 42 games.
P.K. Subban registered an assist for the Predators. He has nine goals and 33 points in 43 contests.
SAN JOSE 3 ARIZONA 2 (SO)
Aaron Dell kicked out 30 of 32 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in three shootout rounds to pick up the victory.
Antti Raanta turned aside 20 of 22 shots prior to the skills competition. He surrendered a goal on two shootout rounds to drop to 6-12-4 this season.
Brad Richardson scored a goal and registered an assist for the Coyotes. He has three goals and nine points in 40 contests.
Joe Thornton found the back of the net in the first period to extend his goal scoring streak to three games. The Sharks forward is just five goals away from the 400 milestone.
Mikkel Boedker accounted for the Sharks’ other regulation time goal. He has five goals and 12 points in 35 contests this season.