Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lundqvist Reigns Supreme

Henrik Lundqvist hit a milestone game, his 400th in the NHL, and came out with a milestone win, his 11th shutout this season. He had plenty of help as the Rangers blocked 29 shots. They blocked 18 in the third period when the Rangers were outshot 12-1. The only goal came in the first period on a tip in by Derek Stepan off a shot by Michael Sauer.

The ice was definetly slanted in the third period as the Bruins came with wave after wave in a frantic effort to tie the game. If the Rangers couldn't block the shot, Lundqvist made the save. He now leads the NHL in shutouts and is making a late bid for the Vezina Trophy. Lundqvist is 5th in GAA and 6th in save percentage and of course 1st in shutouts.

This was a playoff type game and typical of the types of games these two teams play against each other. It will be a renactment of WWII if these teams square off against each other in the first round. The Rangers are now tied with Montreal at 87 points and Montreal has a game in hand. They are 4 points ahead of Buffalo who has two games in hand and the Rangers are 7 points ahead of Carolina who have two games in hand.

So the playoff picture for the Rangers is rosy, but what kind of run will they make if they can't score goals? Granted they have garnered five of six points in the last three games with a paucity of scoring. However, the playoffs are a different animal and they must pick up the scoring. However, that's tomorrow's problem and let us enjoy the goal tending antics of Henrik Lundqvist who reigns supreme.



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