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Lundqvist leads Rangers to 5th straight win

 New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, stops a shot on the goal from Florida Panthers' Marty Reasoner (19) during the first period...
 New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, blocks a shot on the goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Pant...

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, stops a shot on the goal from Florida Panthers' Marty Reasoner (19) during the first period...

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, blocks a shot on the goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Pant...

Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist has a long memory, and won't soon forget the pain of falling one point short of the NHL playoffs a year ago.
Lundqvist posted his NHL-best 10th shutout with only Brandon Dubinsky's third-period goal as a cushion. He made it stand up in the Rangers' 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday that gave New York its season-high fifth straight win.
The Rangers are seventh in the Eastern Conference, but instead of looking behind them, they can set their sights on the sixth-place Montreal Canadiens, who hold only a three-point edge.
New York is three points up on Buffalo and six points clear of Carolina, the team just below the postseason cutoff. Last season, the Rangers were eliminated when they lost in a shootout at Philadelphia on the final day.
"I keep reminding myself every day that last year was one point," said Lundqvist, who made 22 saves in his 34th NHL shutout. "I don't want to be there and I don't think anyone else wants to be there. This is a game that could be the difference."
Lundqvist matched his career high in shutouts and improved to 7-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and two shutouts in eight games. No more worries about the sore neck the Swede sustained in a home win over Montreal on Friday that almost forced him to miss Sunday's victory at Pittsburgh.
"I feel great," Lundqvist said. "I don't think my body felt this great in a lot of years."
Lundqvist was hardly tested in earning his second shutout of Florida this season. His toughest period came in the final minute after the Panthers pulled Czech goalie Tomas Vokoun. Lundqvist kept the puck out after being knocked down in the crease, lying on his side on the goal line.
"You have so much adrenaline, you don't feel pain there," Lundqvist said.
The Rangers have won five straight for the first time since a seven-game streak in October 2009.


Updated : 2021-03-08 06:58 GMT+08:00