Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and 58th of his career, leading the New York Rangers past the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Lundqvist, who recorded his 27th win of the season, passed Martin Brodeur for most wins by a goaltender in his first 11 NHL seasons. He has won nine of his last 12 starts and allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his last 18 appearances.
Kevin Hayes, Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast scored for the Rangers, who won their fourth straight, and fifth in six games. The Rangers have at least one point in 14 of their last 20 games. >> Read more
- Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding for the Rangers in this game and helped keep the game scoreless early when the Rangers struggled to get going and turned the puck over.
- The Rangers got better as the night went on and mostly played a very solid game defensively. They did what no one else has been able to do lately and shut down Sidney Crosby.
- The expectation was that this would be a much tougher test for this group of defense than the New Jersey game and while it probably was, it was another good showing with a great performance from the last line of defense.
- Maybe this will get Kevin Hayes going. The Rangers need him to re-find his game and start to resemble the player who had an excellent second-half last season.