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article imageHenrik Lundqvist ties Ranger playoff win record, adds assist

By Marcus Hondro     May 26, 2014 in Sports
For Henrik Lundqvist the highlight of Sunday night's game 4 between his New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens was the 3-2 overtime win that gave his club a 3-1 series lead. That leaves the goalie and his team a win away from the Stanley Cup final.
But while the OT goal by Martin St. Louis and that commanding series lead were the evening's big moments for King Henrik, he had personal highlights, too. With former Ranger great Mike Richter in Madison Square Gardens taking in the game, Lundqvist recorded his 41st postseason win, tying Richter for the all-time Ranger lead.
One more win for Lundqvist, 32, and he'll not only eclipse Richter's playoff win record but earn a chance to match Richter and become a Ranger goalie with a Stanley Cup ring. That's a select group because, despite being in the league since 1926, the Rangers have only won four Cups and prior to Richter, Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch et al pulling it off in 1994, the Blueshirts had not won a Cup since beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in six games — in 1940.
Lundqvist: first Stanley Cup assist
If all that wasn't enough of a feat to manage while Richter was in the stands, Lundqvist also recorded the first postseason assist of his career, on Derek Brassard's goal in the last minute of the second period, becoming the first Ranger goalie to record a playoff assist since 1997. The last Ranger goalie to do it? You guessed it — Mike Richter.
Lundqvist, by the way, has 16 regular season assists and in January of 2011 did something few NHL goalies have by recording an assist in 3 consecutive games. He got an assist on a Jan. 5 goal in overtime to beat Carolina, another two nights later in Dallas and he made it three games in a row against Montreal. On Jan. 13 the Vancouver Canucks broke his streak, but while Lundqvist didn't get an assist in that game he did get the last laugh- shutting out the Canucks, 1-0.
And finally, when the Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 7 of their series earlier this month to advance to the Eastern Conference final against Montreal, Lundqvist set an NHL playoff record by becoming the first goalie to win five straight game 7s.
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