NEW YORK (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist earned his 300th NHL victory and 49th career shutout in the New York Rangers’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Lundqvist made 30 saves in shutting out the Red Wings for the second time this season, as New York completed a three-game season sweep of its Original Six rival. The Swedish goalie is one win shy of tying Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301. He caught Rangers great Ed Giacomin for the club mark in shutouts.
Lundqvist was serenaded by the crowd with chants of “Hen-rik, Hen-rik” in the game’s final minute.
Brian Boyle scored in the first period and Chris Kreider had two third-period goals for the Rangers, who won their second straight after an 0-2-1 skid and moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division – one point ahead of Philadelphia.
Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh both assisted on each of Kreider’s goals.
Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost three of four (1-2-1).
Kreider provided all the insurance Lundqvist would need for his milestone win. He made it 2-0 just 14 seconds into the third by deflecting in McDonagh’s shot from the left point and pushed the lead to three goals at 12:12, beating Howard with a shot as he drove down the left wing for his 16th this season.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first period after the Red Wings seemingly made a good defensive play. New York rushed the puck up ice, and defenseman John Moore wound up for a shot inside the blue line that was blocked by Detroit forward Daniel Alfredsson. But the puck deflected into the slot to Boyle, who spun and sent a drive that beat Howard at 5:14 for his fifth goal of the season.
It was New York’s first traditional 5-on-5 goal in three games. Both Rangers tallies in Wednesday’s loss to Toronto were short-handed goals by defenseman McDonagh. In Friday’s victory at Tampa Bay, McDonagh scored another short-handed goal, Derek Stepan connected on a power play, Rick Nash scored during 4-on-4 play, and Carl Hagelin sealed the win with an empty-netter.
The second period didn’t provide much as the teams combined for just 16 shots – nine by the Rangers, who had a 21-18 edge through 40 minutes.
New York put on late pressure but was held at bay by Howard through a flurry in the crease in the final seconds of the period.
Lundqvist was sharp throughout, even shaking it off when he was covered by the net, which was tipped over from behind when Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader checked Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman into the back of the cage late in the second.
The Red Wings did little with two power plays in the middle frame and recorded only three total shots in their first three advantages of the game.
NOTES: Lundqvist beat Detroit 1-0 on Jan. 16. … Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk missed his fourth straight game as he continues to rest his ailing left knee. … Detroit has lost four straight to the Rangers, dating to Feb. 7, 2011. … Howard was called for roughing against Benoit Pouliot in the third period.