Shots on Goal: New York’s Lundqvist vs Boston’s Rask
Any time the Bruins and Rangers get together it promises to be a low scoring affair and Saturday afternoon was no different as Henrik Lundqvist blanked a Bruins team who scored 11 goals over the last two games 1-0.
Lundqvist (33-24-5) picked up his league leading 11th shutout of season stopping all 26 shots he faced but more important were all the shots he didn’t face as teammates went to the ice and blocked 29 shots.
“It was my goal. I can’t believe I did it,” Lundqvist said after the game. “I said it the other night there was no way I could be there by myself. There have been some shutouts I had to work really hard, but there have also been some shutouts where the team has been outstanding in front of me. Tonight for the most part we were right there.”
“The guys like getting more wine so I keep buying wine every week now. I don’t mind though,” said Lundqvist, who buys a nice bottle of wine for a teammate after each shutout.
Saturday was a milestone day for Lunqvist as he played in his 400th NHL game. Also, this was his 35th career shutout, 5th of his career vs Boston with four of those by 1-0 scores.
The hard luck season for the sophomore goaltender continued yesterday as Rask picked up his 13th loss stopping 22 of 23 shots. Rask (10-13-2) played well enough to earn third star of the game as he kept the Bruins close for the first two periods when those in front of him looked to be a little fatigued from the 7-0 win over Montreal two nights earlier. The team came to life in the third period with a sense of urgency, out shooting New York 12-1 in the third frame, but in the end were not able to mount a comeback.
“Yeah, it’s disappointing to lose obviously,” Rask said after the loss. ” But I thought we put up a pretty good effort. Maybe it wasn’t a solid sixty-minute game, but we definitely came out hard in the third and got out chances, battled hard. A 1-0 loss is always hard to take when you don’t score a goal after you score seven. But it’s just a game and we have to battle back tomorrow”