Including the postseason, Henrik Lundqvist played in 1,017 games for the Rangers, standing between the pipes for 59,754 minutes. So when trying to identify the top five moments of his career, there’s a lot from which to choose:
5. Jan. 12, 2010: King vs. Marty
Lundqvist had 520 wins between the regular season and playoffs, so why start this list with a loss? On this night at the Garden, Lundqvist went save-for-save with Martin Brodeur in the best individual showdown between the two legendary goaltenders. The game was scoreless for 65 minutes, plus the first seven attempts in the shootout, before Patrik Elias finally put one in for the Devils.
4. May 10, 2015: One-man show
The Rangers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Capitals in the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, winning Game 7 at the Garden on Derek Stepan’s goal in overtime. But they wouldn’t have reached that point if not for the mini-miracle Lundqvist performed in Game 6. The Rangers had a 4-1 lead in the third period when the Capitals took over … completely. They had all 32 shot attempts in the final 14:41 of the game, but only two of those got past Lundqvist.
3. Feb. 28 and March 2, 2018: Old man winner
In the first two games after the Rangers’ trade-deadline purge, after proclaiming he wanted to stay for the rebuilding, Lundqvist made 50 saves in a 6-5 victory at Vancouver and 50 more in a 3-1 win at Calgary. The latter game was on his 36th birthday as he became the first goalie to win back-to-back games with 50 saves since that stat was recorded beginning in 1955.
2. May 13, 2014: Seven up!
The Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014 hit a pothole when they fell behind three games to one to the Penguins in the second round. But there were plenty of heroics still to come. Certainly from Martin St. Louis, who famously scored the opening goal of Game 6 on Mother’s Day, three days after the passing of his mom. But mostly they came from inside the crease. Lundqvist made 102 saves on 105 shots in the final three games, including 35 saves in a 2-1 win in Game 7 in Pittsburgh. This was part of The King’s all-time best 6-2 record with a 1.11 goals-against average and .961 save percentage in Game 7s.
3. May 29, 2014: Finally!
Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals was far from his busiest night, as the Canadiens sent just 18 shots his way. But since last hoisting the Stanley Cup in 1994, the Rangers have won exactly one game that sent them back to the finals — and this was it. The King kept the game scoreless with about four minutes to go in the second period with an insane helicopter save on Thomas Vanek. Then, after Dominic Moore scored two minutes later, Lundqvist made that singular goal stand up.
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