On his 36th birthday, Henrik Lundqvist recorded 50 saves in the Rangers 3-1 win over Calgary.
It was the second straight game where Lundqvist has had 50 saves and he is the "first goaltender in NHL history (since saves were first tracked in 1955-56) to make 50 or more saves and earn a win in two consecutive games." (NYR Game Notes)
With the score tied at 1, Lundqvist dove across the crease to stop a Calgary shot. The Rangers then went down the ice and Pavel Buchnevich scored the game winning goal.
On the save, Lundqvist said that he dropped his stick and turned his blocker to make the save and that it felt good to not only make the save but then see the Rangers score shortly after. (NYR)
Lundqvist added (NYR):
- "For 3-4 weeks a lot of us were waiting for the big day, especially me. It was tough to be in the right mindset and now we are past it and try to make the most of it. You try to have fun as well. It's been a few weeks where it has not been fun at all but we go out there and play with good energy, compete and enjoy it."
- On how much that save hurt, "I turned my blocker, if you don't have your stick it's very awkward to make a blocker save, you want to your hand and grab the puck and that is what I did and there is no protection there. Rammer cooled it down with some spray and after a few minutes it was fine."
- Is 100 saves in two games fun, "when you win. It comes down to winning. You want to feel like you are making a difference out there. That is why I am here, to try and win games. First half of this season I felt as good as I have felt in a few years and I want to come back to that and believe we can win games and believe in myself and the last couple of games have moved me in the right direction."
- "1-0 as a 36-year old is great."
Lundqvist tweeted after the game, "It's been a tough month for a lot of reasons but all we can do is move forward. Thanks for the support and all the birthday wishes!"
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