Historic Shutout For Team MVP Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers closed out the 2013 regular season in style Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden by shutting out the New Jersey Devils 4-0. It was not only an impressive 20-save performance for Lundqvist on Saturday, it was a record-setting one as the 31 year-old Swede passed Ed Giacomin to become the Rangers all-time leader in shutouts---regular-season and playoffs combined. Lundqvist, who posted two shutouts this season, now has 51 in his career---45 in the regular-season and six more in the post-season.
"Of course it's a big deal to me to do it," Lundqvist said after the game. "Eddie has meant a lot to this organization, so to a pass a guy like that is exciting, and I am proud about it. It means I have been working hard, but I've also been lucky to play on a team that is giving me the chance to close the door on a lot of nights."
Lundqvist recorded a career-high 11 regular-season shutouts in 2010-11 and had 11 total in 2007-08---ten in the regular season and one in the playoffs. Last year he posted eight regular-season shutouts and another three in the playoffs.
Giacomin posted 49 regular-season shutouts in his rangers career and one in the post-saeson. Dave Kerr is third on the franchise's all-time shutouts list with 47.
"I get to see Eddie every year and he's a great person," continued Lundqvist. "That's what I love about this organization, they keep coming back, the former players, and we get to know them and understand why we are here and all the traditions."
With six post-season shutouts, Lundqvist trails Mike Richter by three for the most post-season blankings in Rangers history---something he can work on starting next week.
Lundqvist was also selected Sunday as the Rangers team MVP for the seventh consecutive season. Lundqvist finished with 24 victories, a 2.05 goals against average, and a .926 save percentage. He started 43 of the Rangers 48 games this season in goal, including the last 14 in a row.