The Rangers don't plan on retiring the Broadway Hat any time soon because they plan to win quite a few more games the rest of this season. But the team may want to place that hat permanently on the head of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who earned the Broadway Hat yet again following friday night's 3-1 win in Pittsburgh.
Lundqvist not only made 36 saves on Friday, including 13 each in thes econd and third periods, he steadied his weary team that was playing on back-to-back night against a better rested opponent. When the Rangers uncharacteristically faltered defensively during the game, Lundqvist was extremely sharp in holding a gifted Penguins team at bay. As a result Lundqvist earned his sixth straight victory, and he has now held the opposition to two goals or fewer in nine of his last ten starts.
"If you want to be a top team in this league you have to expect a lot from everybody," Lundqvist explained after the game. "You have to challenge each other. And that's what we are doing here. We are building a winning identity, just like Boston and Detroit, teams that have been solid for years. And with me, it starts with my battle level. I want to compete hard out there."
Lundqvist shared after the game that he was using new equipment on Friday, and that he wa sparticularly pleased with his positioning and the play of his glove hand, which was tested often by the Pens.