Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 35 shots he faced for his second straight shutout, and eighth overall in the postseason. With the shutout, Lundqvist moved passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutout list, and is just one shy of Mike Richter for the most in team history.
Lundqvist posted more than 30 saves for the 18th time in his playoff career, and is 9-9 with a 1.49 goals against average, a .941 save percentage and four shutouts in those games.
The King is 3-1 in Game Sevens with a 1.00 goals against average, a.963 save percentage and one shutout. His goals against average is tied for first in NHL history among goalies who have appeared in at least three Game Sevens.
Lundqvist is the first netminder to post shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of the same series since Dominik Hasek in the 2002 Western Conference Final as a member of the Detroit Red Wings against the Colorado Avalanche.
Furthermore, Lundqvist became the fifth Rangers goalie to post shutouts in two straight playoff games, and the first since Richter in 1994 in Games 1 and 2 against the New York Islanders.
Brassard Stays Red Hot
Forward Derick Brassard posted two assists in his Game 7 debut to extend his point streak to five games. He’s registered two goals and seven assists over that span to go along with a plus-2 rating. He led both teams in the series with seven assists and nine points. He’s tied for third in the NHL in both assists and points during the playoffs.
Brassard’s nine points are tied with Pentti Lund from 1950 for second most all-time by a Ranger in their first playoff series with the team. Mark Messier finished with 11 points in his Rangers playoff debut in 1992 against the New Jersey Devils. His seven assists were tied for second-most
Asham Scores Second of Series
Forward Arron Asham tallied his second goal of the series in the first period, which proved to be the game-winner. It was his first point in three career Game Sevens. Asham has 11 goals in 69 playoff games, compared to 94 tallies in 783 games.
Pyatt Notches First Playoff Goal In Blue
Taylor Pyatt scored his first playoff goal as a Ranger in Game 7 Monday night. He added three hits in 16:16 of ice time. He has two goals in four career Game Sevens, with his previous marker coming as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
He finished the series with one goal and two assists in seven games, while his 16:16 of ice time was the most he logged in the series.
MDZ Scores First of the Postseason
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto notched his first goal of the playoffs in the second period, and posted a plus-3 rating in 20:40 of ice time. He has two goals and an assist in three career Game Sevens.
Del Zotto finished the series with one goal and one assist and a plus-2 rating.