Henrik Lundqvist stopped 45 of 46 shots in the Rangers triple OT win over the Capitals on Wednesday night to break a seven game playoff OT losing streak.
It was the fifth time so far in the playoffs that Lundqvist has allowed one goal or fewer.
At ESPN.com, Craig Custance writes that the win was of special importance to Hank:
Through little fault of his own, Lundqvist hadn’t won a playoff overtime game since 2007. After winning his first career playoff overtime game, he lost seven consecutive. In many of those games, he was the reason the game even got into overtime. For most of that span, the Rangers were the underdog, a team that had trouble supporting their goalie. And yet the streak extended on.
John Tortorella said on MSG, following the game, that Hank is what this team is all about, “he leads us. The way he portrays himself. The way he plays. His competitiveness and just the way he carries himself is what we are as a team. It’s good for Hank to get something done in that way and it keeps on building as he keeps improving as a goalie.”