Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers closed out the 2013 regular season in style Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden by shutting out the New Jersey Devils 4-0. It was not only an impressive 20-save performance for Lundqvist on Saturday, it was a record-setting one as the 31 year-old Swede passed Ed Giacomin to become the Rangers all-time leader in shutouts---regular-season and playoffs combined. Lundqvist, who posted two shutouts this season, now has 51 in his career---45 in the regular-season and six more in the post-season.
"Of course it's a big deal to me to do it," Lundqvist said after the game. "Eddie has meant a lot to this organization, so to a pass a guy like that is exciting, and I am proud about it. It means I have been working hard, but I've also been lucky to play on a team that is giving me the chance to close the door on a lot of nights."
Lundqvist recorded a career-high 11 regular-season shutouts in 2010-11 and had 11 total in 2007-08---ten in the regular season and one in the playoffs. Last year he posted eight regular-season shutouts and another three in the playoffs.
Giacomin posted 49 regular-season shutouts in his rangers career and one in the post-saeson. Dave Kerr is third on the franchise's all-time shutouts list with 47.
"I get to see Eddie every year and he's a great person," continued Lundqvist. "That's what I love about this organization, they keep coming back, the former players, and we get to know them and understand why we are here and all the traditions."
With six post-season shutouts, Lundqvist trails Mike Richter by three for the most post-season blankings in Rangers history---something he can work on starting next week.
Lundqvist was also selected Sunday as the Rangers team MVP for the seventh consecutive season. Lundqvist finished with 24 victories, a 2.05 goals against average, and a .926 save percentage. He started 43 of the Rangers 48 games this season in goal, including the last 14 in a row.