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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault announced earlier today that Antti Raanta would start for the Rangers tomorrow in New Jersey and that Henrik Lundqvist will start Sunday against Columbus.

Raanta last played on 2/13 against Columbus, stopping 30 of 32 shots in a Rangers win.

Earlier this season he shut out the Devils, stopping all 19 shots that he faced.

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Henrik Lundqvist described last night's game against Toronto as one that he felt was similar to the game the Rangers played Tuesday against Montreal. (MSG)

He said that as a goalie he has a short memory but that he remembered losing in the shootout on Tuesday to Montreal and "didn't want to come up short twice in two games." (MSG)

Lundqvist said that he felt it was "really important" to come away from last night's game with a win. (MSG)

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad tallied shootout goals as the Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:56 TOR Connor Brown; Assists: Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner

Third period:

  • 10:50 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Brandon Pirri

Shootout:

  • William Nylander: STOPPED
  • Mats Zuccarello: SCORED
  • Auston Matthews: SCORED
  • Mika Zibanejad: SCORED
  • Nazem Kadri: STOPPED
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Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 32 shots against the Capitals on Sunday.

From the Rangers Game Notes:

  • In his last 12 appearances, Lundqvist has posted a 9-2-0 record, along with a 2.01 GAA, a .937 SV%, and 1 SO.
  • Lundqvist has made 30 or more saves in 14 games this season; he has posted a 13-1-0 record, along with a 1.84 GAA, a .949 SV%, and 1 SO in those contests.

Ryan McDonagh said that it was just a matter of time for Lundqvist to get his game going and that he "works too hard" and has such a passion for the game. (NBC)

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Isles and said:

  • On their intensity in the second, "we had a stretch in the second where they came hard and we made it hard on ourselves with a couple of turnovers that cost us. Overall it's a good game, I feel that the third one is a killer, it's our PP and sometimes when you have an extra man you might rely on someone else to do the job and I think that is what happened. We didn't communicate enough in front of the net, we had the guys back but we didn't sort it out. That was the difference. Overall it was a good game, we worked hard and had some chances but when we gave that one up it was a tough hill to climb."
  • How close were you to covering up the puck, "it was right there, he kept hacking and whacking and the puck kept bouncing. It was right there and when it ended up behind I thought we had the coverage. We had 4 guys back but we didn't sort it out and it cost us. In a game like this where we had some good looks 5 on 5, special teams can decide the game and it did."
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Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers Thursday night against the Islanders after getting a rest in the Rangers 3-2 win over Columbus on Monday.

In the five games he played prior to getting the night off, Lundqvist was 5-0-0, stopping 174 of 184 shots for a save percentage of .946.

Lundqvist said Wednesday that it was good for him to get in a bunch of games and that it allowed him to find the right level of focus. (NYR)

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Feb 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist will be the backup tonight as the Rangers play the Blue Jackets.

Lundqvist spoke after the morning skate on Monday and said (NYR):

  • "You can feel that you played 4-5 games in a short matter of time and it's nice to get the night off tonight and work yesterday in practice and today and focus on the next game."
  • Have you reflected on 400, "Saturday night I did, I spent a couple of hours, took it all in and enjoyed that moment. Then you move on, you don't want to get stuck, yesterday it was back to work and work on your game and get better but I definitely spent Saturday night taking it all in and answering all my buddies, lots of text messages so I spent half the night just answering people. It was a great moment, for that game and how it ended and the love that the fans showed me was special to me. It never gets old either, to have that feeling at the Garden and to win a big game and enjoy it with your friends and teammates."
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Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A fan holds up a sign in honor of the 400th NHL win by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (not pictured) against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A fan holds up a sign in honor of the 400th NHL win by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (not pictured) against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Derek Stepan said that between the second and third periods last night that Henrik Lundqvist spoke up and said that the Rangers would not lose this game. (Newsday)

Mats Zuccarello said that Lundqvist wants to win every night and that his teammates "like to win for him as well." (NY Times)

JT Miller said that the Rangers were playing for two points but they also wanted to get win 400 for Lundqvist at MSG, saying "he's our leader. He's been this team's leader for 12 years. (NY Post)

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Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) salutes the fans after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. The win was Lundqvist's 400th NHL win. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) salutes the fans after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. The win was Lundqvist's 400th NHL win. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Henrik Lundqvist wore the Broadway Hat and spoke with John Giannone on MSG after the game:

  • "The key for us was, just like last game, not get hurt again after they scored their second. You could see how much confidence they gained and they gave us some trouble towards the end of the second period. Sitting here, going into the third, we are a confident group, we believe in each other and that we can raise our game when we really have to and we did. Guys had a lot of jump and came out and played a really strong third period and it won us the game."
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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight against the Avs and with a win he will record his 400th career win.

Lundqvist is currently 12th on the all-time list with 399 wins and could move into 9th all time with 9 more wins this season.

Alain Vigneault said that Lundqvist has a special relationship with Ranger fans and that trying to get win 400 at MSG would likely mean a lot to him and to the fans.

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Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight for the Rangers against the Nashville Predators. (NYR)

Lundqvist and the Rangers beat the Predators 2-1 in a shootout in December and Lundqvist made 31 saves and stopped both Predators in the shootout.

From the Rangers Game Notes:

  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 6-1-0 record, along with a 1.88 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 1 SO in his last eight appearances.
  • He made 43 saves and earned a win on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, and the 43 saves were the most he has recorded in a win at MSG in his career.
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Feb 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In Tuesday night's victory against the Ducks, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 of 44 shots, the most saves he has ever recorded in a win at MSG. (Rangers Game Notes)

Lundqvist said that he felt good and that he and the defense worked well together and that he has started to play a bit more aggressive and on his toes.

Alain Vigneault said on MSG after the game that Lundqvist was "on top of his game" right from the start and that he made key saves and gave the Rangers a chance while the Ducks had long stretches in the Rangers zone.

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Alain Vigneault deflected credit to his players after earning his 600th career victory in a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

First Period

  • 4:01 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Marc Staal

Second Period

  • 1:06 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei
  • 6:14 ANA Jakob Silfverberg; Assist: Andrew Cogliano

Third Period

  • 3:45 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists J.T. Miller, Brady Skjei
  • 19:41 NYR Michael Grabner (empty net)
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Henrik Lundqvist wore the new goalie pants, that the NHL has started to require, in the Rangers 4-3 win over Calgary on Sunday.

Lundqvist stopped 29 of 32 shots Sunday and said that he practiced once with the new pants before playing with them.

He added that the pants have a different feel but that he doesn't think they will have much of an impact on his game, saying "they actually feel pretty good." (NYR)

On the new pants, Lundqvist told Larry Brooks "the league wants the curve so that if the puck hits the outside it will slide in."Just like when you use new pads, you notice a difference the first few times, but wearing them didn't affect anything about the way I moved or played." (NY Post)

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault announced on Saturday that Henrik Lundqvist would start today against the Flames.

Vigneault also noted that Antti Raanta will start at some point this week but he wasn't sure for which game.

Following tonight's game the Rangers have three home games: Tuesday against the Ducks, Thursday against Anaheim and Saturday against the Avalanche before going to Columbus on Monday 2/13.

Lundqvist stopped 35 of 36 shots against the Flames in a 4-1 win in November.

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Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Following Thursday's win, JT Miller said that there has been so much talk about Henrik Lundqvist but no one in the Rangers locker room "has any doubts." (NY Post)

He called the talk about Lundqvist "almost comical" and reiterated, "believe me, no in here is worried about Henrik. No one." (NY Post)

Jeremy Roenick said on NBCSN that Lundqvist is still a "top goalie" and Mike Milbury said that the early saves Lundqvist made against the Sabres gave him and the whole team a "boost." (Expressen)

Lundqvist said that he feels he is having some "A" type of performances but when he struggles he needs to drop down to a "B" and not to a "C." (MSG)

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Feb 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) jumps to avoid a shot on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Feb 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) jumps to avoid a shot on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 of 37 shots in the Rangers OT win in Buffalo on Thursday.

He stopped 10 shots while shorthanded and stopped 2 shots while in OT.

Lundqvist said that he felt confident in net last night and that "it's a lot easier to make those extra saves when you feel good about your game." (MSG)

Lundqvist said that he would grade Thursday's win as an "A" performance and that what he needs to eliminate his game dropping down to a "C" when he struggles.

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers tonight in Buffalo and said that he hopes he can make that "1 extra save here or there" and help the Rangers get back to winning. (NYR

Lundqvist said that he has still been trying to practice with the same mindset and not overthinking about things.

He added that "we had a stretch recently with good hockey, myself included" and added that he feels he is pretty close and just needs to correct a few things. (NYR)

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1:40PM: Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Sabres tomorrow. (NYR)

11:35AM: After being pulled in the second period last night, Henrik Lundqvist said that he knows he needs to be better and that the third goal he allowed was "a killer."

He said that the Rangers played with intensity and energy in the third period but that everything starts with him and how he is playing.

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on from the bench during the third period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on from the bench during the third period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Columbus and said:

On the second period, "to keep it short here...I know that I need to be better. That third goal is just a killer. As a group we responded really well in the third and the intensity and energy we had is something...when we do have it we are a good team. It starts with me and especially that third goal bothers me. Back to work tomorrow, get better, improve...alright? Thank you."

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Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing his third goal of the game and second in the first 4 minutes of the second period.

Antti Raanta replaced Lundqvist and is making his first appearance since being injured against Montreal a few weeks ago.

Lundqvist stopped 13 of 16 shots in the 23:38 that he played.

Two of the goals allowed by Lundqvist were during 4 on 4 play.

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Dec 22, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) following the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 22, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) following the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello are reportedly spending the All-Star break together at a resort in Turks and Caicos.

The NY Post reports that they were seen on the beach together on Thursday.

The Rangers return to practice tomorrow at 2PM and play their next game on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.

 

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Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

This season, Henrik Lundqvist is 21-13-1 with a save percentage of .907 and a GAA of 2.73.

Lundqvist is 3-1 in his last four appearances and has stopped 104 of the 110 shots that he has faced.

In his first 20 appearances this season, Lundqvist was 12-7-1 and allowed 46 goals on 538 shots and had a save percentage of .914.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist said on Monday that he simplified things three games ago and has been able to play on his toes more during this winning streak.

Lundqvist said that sometimes you need to take "a step back" during a tough stretch when people are asking questions and try to remain "cool and confident" to turn things around. (Newsday)

Mats Zuccarello spoke on MSG Monday and said that the Rangers have "no worries" about Lundqvist and that he is their most important player.

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Alain Vigneault interrupted a question during his press conference last night and pointed to a save that Henrik Lundqvist made on Jeff Carter near the end of the first period of Monday night's 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings.

Vigneault said that the Rangers, like any other team, need timely saves and that any team that is winning needs their goalie to make a timely save.

Vigneault said that Lundqvist is playing better, he is reading the puck better and also getting better play from the guys in front of him.

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Henrik Lundqvist has won two straight games for the Rangers and on Sunday praised the team's return to structure and how his teammates have been playing in front of him. (NYR)

Lundqvist said that he changed his mindset and corrected a few things in his game but "the biggest change is how we play in front of me with structure and not giving the big chances up in front, it make a big difference for me." (NYR)

He said that it's easier for him to be patient when he knows someone will be there to apply pressure to a shooter and that the Rangers have been doing that the past two games. (NYR)

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Earlier this week DaveArt showed the new mask that Henrik Lundqvist has started to wear this season.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots last night against Toronto and ended his three-game losing streak.

Alain Vigneault noted after the game last night that the first chance against Lundqvist was a deflection and he "came up with a real big save."

Vigneault said that there is "no doubt" that it was a "huge" save right off the bat and that it was "good" for Lundqvist and the whole team.

He added that Lundqvist made some saves that gave the whole team confidence and again reiterated that everyone in the organization has confidence in Lundqvist.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov (47) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov (47) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over Toronto and said:

  • "I think it was a big game for me. Big game for the team to respond in a good way. Sometimes a win means a little bit more. You play 82 games and some wins you put right away in your bag but I think today you enjoy it a little extra after what I have been through the last week or so. It's not fun as a goalie to give up a lot of goals and try to stay confident, I told the guys that I want be there for the group and make a difference when they need me to. Sometimes it's a fast game and a lot of things happen in front of you that you don't expect but as a goalie you need to react in a good way and come up with the saves. Today it was better. They still get a few chances and I felt like tonight I was more on my toes and able to make those saves."
  • Was there a moment tonight, "I don't know if I had a moment like that, I really tried to just focus minute by minute, just build my game and not rush anything. Be patient and they are a tricky team and they have some skill and can make some plays, it was nice how we could shut them down a bit in the third. In the first two periods it was a little more back and forth with some 2 on 1s and breakaways but in the third we really shut it down. It was a good feeling and I think the guys, they gain confidence when they play like that as well. It opens up, we can get more offense when we shut it down like that and they have to start taking chances."
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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) reacts with teammate Phillip Danault (24) after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) reacts with teammate Phillip Danault (24) after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Alain Vigneault said that structure and goaltending are connected and that good structure or a big save can provide confidence to the group.

He said that the Rangers need saves like every other team does and that there are other parts of the Rangers game that are "rolling in the right direction."

Henrik Lundqvist was asked about structure and how it impacts his game the other day and said, "for us to be in our structure you need confidence from the goalie to make that extra save. You gotta find a way no matter what, even if there are open chances in front. It's a fast game and mistakes happen and it's my job to be there and clean it up." (NYR)

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG following the Rangers loss to Dallas and said:

  • On all the breakdowns in front, "there is no doubt that we need to do a better job in front of our net. Our offensive game is pretty good at this time. Defensively there are too many breakdowns. We have to be all business here, get back to work tomorrow and get ready for the next game."
  • On the plays in front, "I would say to you that on 3 of the first 4 goals we have someone or some people in front of the net, they just aren't taking the pass. Twice it was defensemen, once it was a forward. It's an easy read to make, it's an easy pass to take and we don't' take it and give the other team a Grade A opportunity. It's something we can work on and we will work on and try to get better for the next game."
  • On Henrik, "he will play the next game. He will try real hard and we will try to play better in front of him. This is a team and we are all in this with one another and we will do what we can to get out of this three game loss."
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Henrik Lundqvist fields questions after giving up seven goals to the Dallas Stars.

Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the Rangers loss to Dallas and said:

  • On his struggles and how to figure it out, "it's hard stuff. I feel like it's embarrassing, frustrating and disappointing at the same time. Spent the last 24 hours working hard and correcting my game and having a pretty good start and then the first period, a couple of misplays where they made us pay. Most goals are scored right in front so as a goalie you need to be more aware. Bottom line is that I need to find another level. It's not good enough. When you are looking for confidence and a good feeling you are hoping for a game where there is a lot of structure and shots are more from the outside. That is not the case right now, it's a lot of opportunities right in front and I need to find a way to get going. It's hard. You try to do all the right things but it's not paying off."
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

10:31PM: On thinking about bringing in Hellberg earlier, Alain Vigneault said on MSG, "yes and no. I know Hank wants to work his way through this, fight his way through this and I made the decision after the second. Maybe I could have taken him out earlier, I don't know, but Hank wants to work his way out of this and we are going to work with him and everyone will try and get better here."

9:12PM: Magnus Hellberg started the third period for the Rangers in relief of Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist allowed 7 goals on 27 shots in two periods of work.

Larry Brooks tweeted, "Over last his 7 periods, Lundqvist has allowed 16 goals on 76 shots in 138:18."

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Alain Vigneault said that he has had to deviate from his ideal plan of games for Henrik Lundqvist to give him a few more games with the hope that he will find his consistency.

Vigneault added, "Hank has played some real great hockey for this year in some games and some other games he hasn't been as consistent. That is the issue right now and the body of work he has had through his career tells us that he will find the answer and become the goalie that we know."

Vigneault compared it to how Lundqvist played in 2013-14, Vigneault's first season as coach, when Lundqvist "dialed in" during some games and in others he was "looking for a bit more."

On January 17, 2014 Lundqvist was 16-17-3, had allowed 90 goals on 1,044 shots and had a save percentage of .914 in 2089:13.

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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports  (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on MSG after the Rangers loss and said:

  • On those 62 seconds, "you can't. It's just things going wrong extremely fast. It happened yesterday too after a goal we gave up a couple of chances right away. It's disappointing and personally coming in like this and not being able to come up with the saves. It's definitely not an easy game to play when it opens up like that in the second. The third was kind of quiet but the bounces were tough to defend."
  • On his confidence, "I'm just trying hard to be positive right now. The last two games have not been bouncing the right way. You feel tired when you sit here and you are looking for a good feeling but we take a day off tomorrow and then get ready for the next game."
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist is 6-3 in his last 10 starts with a save percentage of .903 and 27 goals allowed.

He has allowed at least 4 goals in 4 of his last six starts with his other two starts being games where he has only allowed two goals against.

Larry Brooks writes that the idea of limiting starts for Henrik Lundqvist to keep him fresh throughout the year and playoffs is "sound" but not working. (NY Post)

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Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Henrik Lundqvist wrote a letter to his 8-year-old self in The Players Tribune.

Lundqvist talks about how he became a goalie, growing up and playing with his brother Joel and coming to New York to join the Rangers.

On being a goalie, Henrik says "being a goalie is 90% mental. If you are stuck in your own thoughts or dwelling on negativity you won't have the mental focus necessary to compete and succeed. Nobody tells you this when you're a kid, but the best way to get in the right mindset is to start by having fun. The rest you'll figure out."

To read the entire letter, visit The Players Tribune.

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) looks for the rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) looks for the rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

On NBCSN after the game, Henrik Lundqvist spoke with Pierre McGuire and said:

  • On the past 24 hours, "last night you quickly analyze the game and we all felt that we needed to do more to win a hockey game. It doesn't matter who you are playing, top team or bottom team, it comes down to desperation and how badly you want it. Quickly analyze it on the train, you start to think about today and what to do to have success. Every time that we come into this building, it's intense games, physical, they are fun. I like this building. We don't really like each other, we have played so many big games in the past, Outdoor Game and it's always a challenge. Their top line is so skilled and moves the puck well."
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Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight against the Sabres. (NY Post)

On tonight's game, Lundqvist said on Monday "it's going to be fun to play at the Garden again. The last few weeks I haven't played as much as I had planned, things happen, but it felt good to be out there in the last game and get a win." (NYR)

He added, "I've been working hard in practice and feel good physically." (NYR)

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

With his win on Saturday, Henrik Lundqvist passed Dominik Hasek to be the all-time leader in wins by a European goalie with 390.

Lundqvist said that his mindset, when it came to breaking the record, was to focus on the basics and not to overthink things. (MSG)

In regards to Hasek, Lundqvist said that the Dominator was "such an inspiration" and that he had his posters on the while.

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 of 27 shots last night against the Avs and stopped all 17 shots he faced in the second and third period.

He gave up two goals in the first period off of deflections, including one two minutes into the game.

Lundqvist said on MSG after the game that he didn't "feel good at all" in the first period but "built" his game and felt more comfortable as the game went on. (MSG)

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

1:25PM: Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers tonight after missing the past two games with an illness. (Cyrgalis)

Lundqvist last started on 12/23 against Minnesota when he was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 13 shots in 24:55 minutes.

From the Rangers Game Notes: "Henrik Lundqvist - 9 GP, 3-3-3, 2.31 GAA, .921 SV% - Lundqvist has earned at least one point in each of his last four appearances against Colorado, dating back to Feb. 4, 2014 (2-0-2 record, 1.68 GAA, .944 SV% over the span)."

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Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

9:55PM: Lundqvist said on MSG during the first intermission, "I feel pretty good now. Yesterday I was hoping to have a better practice but there was no energy there. We played it safe and I had a good skate today and the goal is to play the next game if AV tells me to go."

5:53PM: Henrik Lundqvist said that he is feeling "a lot better" and aims to start for the Rangers on Saturday in Colorado. (Cyrgalis)

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

3:37PM: Alain Vigneault said of Lundqvist today, "I would say, I haven't talked to him yet. I would say that it's less than 50/50 after seeing his energy level on the ice. I need to talk to Benny and the medical guys, this was his first practice in four days. He seemed like he was looking for his legs and arms and everything else. He was real sick, so we will see how he feels tomorrow and make the decision from there. From what I saw on the ice I would say that it's less than 50/50."

2:03PM: Lundqvist spoke today and said (NYR):

  • How did you feel, "Like how I expected after a few days off and after being sick for a little over 24 hours. It was a tough practice but good to be out there and try to get a good workout in. I was hoping to feel a bit better today and maybe be ready to play tomorrow but I think tomorrow will be another day of practice and try to push myself harder."
  • When did you start feeling sick, "the 26th, it was 2 or 3 days ago. It was just tough to eat or drink and when you don't do that for 24 hours you are going to lose a lot of energy and I am trying to catch up now and rest and eat and drink. Get a couple of good practices in before I am ready."
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Dec 9, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save on the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Dec 9, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save on the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

The Rangers have announced that Henrik Lundqvist is not skating this morning because of the flu.

Antti Raanta will start in net against the Senators. (Brooks)

As of now there is no indication whether Lundqvist will dress as a backup or if the Rangers will call up a goalie from Hartford.

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 (Adam Hunger)
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10PM: Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the game and said:

  • On the second period, "we didn't give up that much, just a couple of breakdowns that cost us. On the goals, the first one is a bad goal, second is a really good opportunity for them and a good shooter, third one gets stuck in [Kevin Klein] and they recover on the rebound, fourth one just tried to be in good position for that, it was a hard shot. They just took advantage of some breakdowns. Personally, I have to play more on my toes. It's been a different week for sure, with just one practice, but I'm not going to blame anything. I need to play more on my toes in a game like this. We had opportunities to get back in the game, but they made us pay for some breakdowns early in the second."
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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Rangers duo of Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta have stopped 173 of 179 shots as the Rangers have won 6 of their past 7 games. (Rangers Game Notes)

In those 7 games the Rangers have allowed: 1, 0, 0, 2, 0, 1, 2 goals against.

In the 10 or so days spanning those seven games both Raanta and Lundqvist have been named NHL second stars of the week.

The Rangers are 4th overall in goals allowed per game at 2.18.

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The NHL has announced that Henrik Lundqvist has been named the second star of the week.

He follows Antti Raanta who was the second star of the week in the NHL last week.

From the NHL release: "Lundqvist went 3-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average and .967 save percentage to backstop the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers (23-10-1, 47 points) to six out of a possible eight standings points. He recorded 27 saves in a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars Dec. 15, combining with Antti Raanta for the first joint shutout in franchise history. Lundqvist then earned back-to-back shootout victories, making 31 stops in a 2-1 triumph over the Nashville Predators Dec. 17 and 29 saves in a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Dec. 18. In doing so, the 34-year-old Are, Sweden, native - who owns a 15-8-1 record in 24 games this season (2.34 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO) - tied Dominik Hasek for the most wins by a European-goaltender in NHL history (389)."

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Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

5:30PM: Henrik Lundqvist will start Sunday night for the Rangers against the Devils.

Lundqvist played Saturday night against Nashville, stopping 31 shots.

He has only allowed one goal in the past two games since returning from a four-game stint as backup to Antti Raanta.

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 32 shots in his second straight start last night.

Lundqvist stopped 14 of 14 shots in the third period, 2 in OT and 2 in the shootout en route to his second straight win.

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers could have managed the puck better in the third but added "out goaltender really stepped up in the third period." (MSG)

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