Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist finished Saturday night's game with a season-high 48 saves against the Carolina Hurricanes. His previous season-high was 37, which came on Feb. 12 against the Boston Bruins.
It was the most saves he's had in a game since April 11, 2010, when he made 46 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He came just two saves shy of his career-high 50, which he set on March 4, 2010 — though he allowed five goals. It was the first time this season he posted more than 40 saves, and the 13th time for his career. He is 8-0-5 with a 1.34 goals against average and a .969 save percentage with four shutouts in those games.
"The key for me today was I was patient, I was waiting for the shots. It was a tough game, a fun game, a lot of action for me," Lundqvist said.
"It was a great win, and Hank played great," Brian Boyle said. "He's the King."
For the 10th straight game, Lundqvist held the opponent to two goals or fewer, posting a 6-2-2 record with a 1.57 GAA and a .945 save percentage over that span.
Lundqvist is 40-17-7 with a 1.91 GAA, a .933 save percentage and six shutouts in the second game of a back-to-back for his career.
Stepan Makes it Four in a Row
Forward Derek Stepan had a power play goal and an assist and won a team-high 11 faceoffs in 18:54 of ice time Saturday night, extending his point streak to four games, which ties his season-high. He previously had a four-game streak from Feb. 28 through March 7.
The 22-year-old now has 22 points, including 10 goals, in his last 20 games.
Nash Nets No. 15
Forward Rick Nash has two goals in two games after netting his team-leading 15th goal of the season in the second period Saturday night. He also added an assist and led all skaters with eight shots on goal in 14:17 of ice time. He ranks fifth in the NHL in shots with 139.
He now has five goals and three assists in his last seven games.