Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, coming off one of the greatest games in his 501-game NHL career, was named Monday as one of the National Hockey League's Three Stars of the Week. Lundqvist was named the third star, finishing behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin and St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott---who were No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.
Lundqvist started all four games for the Blueshirts last week, helping the team earn at least a point in each with a 3-0-1 record. He posted a microscopic 1.22 goals against average and a sterling .962 save percentage last week, highlighted by his incredible 48-save performance in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.
"I'm really happy the way I am playing and where I'm at," Lundqvist said following the morning skate Monday in Toronto. "This (third star of the week honors) is nice, but all my focus and energy is on the next play, the next game. It was a fun week last week, but now we have to repeat it."
Lundqvist stopped 26 of 28 shots in last Monday's 4-2 Garden win over the Jets, and then denied 26 of 27 in Wednesday's 6-1 trouncing of the Penguins. On Friday he appeared in his 500th career game and made 26 saves again, this time through 65 minutes of regulation and overtime, in a 2-1 shootout loss in Pittsburgh. And then he made a season-high 48 saves on 49 shots in Carolina on Saturday.
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