After being secuired somewhere along the way during the Rangers pre-season trek to Europe, the Broadway Hat has now been passed out 55 times this season---51 in the regular season and four more so far in the playoffs---following Thursday's Game 7 victory over the Ottawa Senators. And no Rangers has earned the honor more often than goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who backstopped the Blueshirts thrilling 2-1 win Thursday as the Rangers completed their series comeback from a 3-2 deficit.
Lundqvist was brilliant again with the season on the line in Game 7, stopping 26 of 27 shots, including all nine he saw during a frenzied late-game push by a desperate Senators squad.
"When you get really happy you just let it out," Lundqvist explained of his reaction at the final buzzer of Game 7. "For an athlete that's the moment you are looking for, when you work really hard and you accomplish something, that's a great feeling. Especially in a team sport when you work together to achieve that (win a series), it's just a great feeling. Doing it together, especially the way we played the whole series as a team. So we will enjoy this tonight, and then we will start all over again."
Lundqvist allowed only 12 goals in the seven game series(there was one empty-net goal by Ottawa)---including a pair in two overtime losses. He also stopped 205 of 216 shots in the series.