Some fans were surprised to see that Henrik Lundqvist was penciled in to start the second leg of a back-to-back, but it worked perfectly as Lundqvist led the team to back-to-back wins.
Lundqvist made 33 saves as the Rangers beat the Bruins 3-2 in overtime, after beating the Kings 4-2 on Friday night while Lundqvist made 33 saves.
"I knew playing this game would be challenging physically. Just a short time for recovery," Lundqvist said, via Matt Calamia of NYRangers.com. "But I saw it as a great challenge for me to try and make a difference. It was a fun game to play. Back-to-back games here, intense games. Two teams that play really hard. We really had to earn points in these two games, but we found a way and it's a good feeling."
Calamia noted that Lundqvist is 53-21-7 with nine shutouts in the back end of a back-to-back. Lundqvist believes that the more he plays, the sharper he is.
"I feel like the more I play the more relaxed I get," Lundqvist said. "It's something we talked about over the summer: playing back-to-backs and playing more games helps me to be in the right mindset. Physically it's more challenging, but mentally it's easier, I find. The biggest part of the game is the mental aspect. I said I wanted to go."
The Rangers are next in action on Tuesday as they host the Ducks.