Three Stars of the Season: A Fan's View

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No. 1: Henrik Lundqvist

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There is no doubt that once again, the goaltender was the best player for the New York Rangers throughout the season. Without Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes, the Rangers season would have been drastically different. The King gives the Rangers an opportunity to win every night, which is a luxury few goalies in the NHL offer to their teams.

In what is becoming nearly a yearly occurrence, Lundqvist was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the league's best goalie, an award he won last season. It is his fifth time being nominated for the award in his eight NHL seasons. His .926 save percentage was fifth best in the NHL, while his 2.05 goals against average was seventh. The King tied for the league lead in wins with 24, and was second in games played with 43. 
 
Although this season's success is still fresh, a milestone is on the horizon next year as Lundqvist inches closer to No. 1 on the team's all-time wins list. Lundqvist will enter next season with 276 victories, just 25 behind Mike Richter. Internationally, Lundqvist is the favorite to backstop Team Sweden in the 2014 Olympics, making them one of the favorites to take home Gold in Sochi.