Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves while appearing in his 500th NHL game Friday, and is now 16-3-3 on the season. The King has now held opponents to two goals or fewer in nine straight games, going 5-2-2 with a 1.63 goals against average and a .941 save percentage during that time.
Lundqvist became just the fourth goalie in franchise history to appear in 500 games as a Blueshirt, joining Mike Richter (666), Lorne Worsley (582) and Ed Giacomin (538).
Nash Nets No. 14
Rick Nash scored his 14th goal of the season Friday, extending his team-lead over Derek Stepan to two. He finished with a game-high seven shots on goal in 22:48, which was the most ice time he's logged since March 14 against the Winnipeg Jets when he had 22:57. Nash is fifth in the NHL in shots with 131, despite playing less than each player in the top 10. The 28-year-old now has 11 third period goals this season, and has four goals and two assists in his last six games.
Stepan Stays Hot
Forward Derek Stepan registered the lone assist on Nash's third period goal, giving him nine goals and 11 assists in his last 19 games, including four points in his last three games. He finished with five shots and a led all forwards with 24:06, the most he's had since March 3 against the Buffalo Sabres when he logged 24:28.
Eminger Gets Physical
Defenseman Steve Eminger finished Friday night's game with a team-high five hits in 13:01 of ice time. All but two skaters finished with at least a hit, as the the team was credited with 27 for the game. The Rangers are No. 2 in the NHL in hits with 1,113, trailing just the Toronto Maple Leafs.
MDZ Leads in Ice TIme
Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto led the Rangers with 26:08 of ice time.The 22-year-old has logged more than 20 minutes of ice time in 17 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 28 against the Jets.