New York Rangers: How Henrik Lundqvist Can Give a Repeat Performance in 2012-13

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New York Rangers: How Henrik Lundqvist Can Give a Repeat Performance in 2012-13
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The 2011-12 season was a career best for Henrik Lundqvist. In just 62 games, Lundqvist posted 39 wins, a 1.97 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and eight shutouts, leading his New York Rangers to an Eastern Conference Finals birth for the first time since 1997. His season-long mastery in net was worthy of "The King's" first ever Vezina Trophy in his fourth career nomination.

Was it the ceiling for Henrik Lundqvist? Or are we just scratching the surface at how dominant he can be over a season?

The latter is the right answer.

Since entering the NHL in the 2005-06 season, Lundqvist has routinely been one of the NHL's better goaltenders. He's been the reason why the Rangers have made the playoffs in all but one season since the lockout and why teams fear having to go against him for 60 minutes.

This past season, Lundqvist notched his seventh consecutive 30-win season, becoming the first goalie in NHL history to do so. Not Patrick Roy. Not Ken Dryden. Not even Martin Brodeur. It's Henrik Lundqvist who has earned that honor.

Entering the 2012-13 still in his prime at 30 years old, and with a young, energizing team to play around, Lundqvist is very capable of not only repeating his 2011-12 performance, but building upon it.

Lets find out why.

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