With Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers became the first NHL goalie to ever win five consecutive Game 7s, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).
Lundqvist stopped 35 of the Penguins' 36 shots attempts, with the lone goal he allowed coming off the stick of Jussi Jokinen 4:15 into the second period. The man known as King Henrik now owns a 1.99 goals-against average (GAA) to go along with a .931 save percentage over 14 starts in the 2013-14 postseason.
The 32-year-old Swede has limited the damage to just one goal allowed in each of his last three starts, all of which have resulted in Ranger wins. New York found itself trailing 3-1 in the series following last Wednesday's 4-2 defeat, but Lundqvist led the charge back, helping the Rangers to overcome a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in team history, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Tuesday's win also represents just the second time ever that the franchise has won a Game 7 on the road, after the Rangers first accomplished the feat last season against the Washington Capitals.
The Rangers have made the postseason in eight of nine years since Lundqvist joined the team back in 2005-06. The star goaltender's postseason numbers have been slightly better than his regular-season stats, as he owns a career postseason GAA of of 2.23 and save percentage of .922 compared to regular-season averages of 2.26 and .920, respectively. Lundqvist has racked up eight career playoff shutouts but is still searching for his first of the 2013-14 postseason.
Despite the strong playoff numbers, Lundqvist has yet to win a championship in his nine-year career. The closest he came was back in 2011-12, when his Rangers lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Final. The Rangers will continue their quest for the Stanley Cup next week against the Montreal Canadiens.
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