A pair of former Vezina Trophy winners could be in line to add another honor to their impressive resumes on Saturday when Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.
Should they get the start at TD Garden, Rask will look to become the Bruins' all-time winningest goaltender, while Lundqvist would have the opportunity to take sole possession of sixth place on the NHL victories list.
Saturday's contest also represents the final game for both teams before they hit their league-mandated break. Boston (27-16-5) and New York (20-20-7) return to game action on Jan. 29.
Rask recorded his 252nd career victory to tie Cecil "Tiny" Thompson following a 28-save performance in the Bruins' 5-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday.
"Yeah, I mean, it's an Original Six franchise," said Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy recipient. "I've had the luxury to be here for many, many years, so obviously it means a lot, but many more to come hopefully."
Rask has allowed just 12 goals during a sizzling 6-0-1 stretch. The 31-year-old Finn owns a 9-8-4 mark with two shutouts, a 2.32 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 22 career starts versus the Rangers.
Lundqvist answered a difficult start to the calendar year in which he permitted 15 goals in three losses by yielding a total of five in back-to-back wins over Carolina and Chicago. The 36-year-old Swede turned aside 24 shots in Thursday's 4-3 win over Blackhawks, recording his 445th win to tie with Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk.
"It's an honor to be up there, getting closer and closer to and already passing names that meant a lot to me growing up," said Lundqvist, who won the 2012 Vezina Trophy. "It's a very cool feeling." >> Read More