King Reigns Supreme: Lundqvist's 30 Saves Key Rangers 4-1 Win over Devils

Henrik Lundqvist stops the Devils' Travis Zajac, one of Lundqvist's 30 saves of the night.
Henrik Lundqvist stops the Devils' Travis Zajac, one of Lundqvist's 30 saves of the night.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Mike RappaportAnalyst IIDecember 21, 2011

Although Henrik Lundqvist is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, there is something about playing Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils that raises his game to another level.

Tonight was no exception, as Lundqvist made 30 saves, and Marian Gaborik scored two goals for the second straight game to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win against the Devils. 

The final score doesn't do justice to the game, as the Devils controlled the action for most of the night, and if it wasn't for the Rangers' All-Star goalie, this game could have been lopsided in the Devils' favor.

The Devils opened up the scoring late in the first period. After winning the faceoff, Travis Zajac knocked a loose puck past a sprawling Lundqvist out of a scramble around the net. The goal was Zajac's first of the season in his third game back from an ACL injury. The Devils out-shot the Rangers 12-4 in the first period, but Lundqvist was able to keep the deficit at 1-0.

In the second period, the Rangers were able to tie the score. As the Rangers moved up the ice, Derek Stepan made a centering pass that deflected off the stick of Devils defenseman Kurtis Foster, and Artem Anisimov beat Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with a wrist shot.

Early in the third period, the Rangers were able to break the 1-1 tie. An Anisimov wrist shot handcuffed Brodeur, and Gaborik was able to poke home the rebound into an empty net. The goal gave Gaborik his 600th NHL point.

With a little over five minutes remaining, Carl Hagelin broke in on a 2-on-1 shorthanded and fired a wrist shot past Brodeur on the glove side. The goal was the Rangers' fifth shorthanded goal of the year (Hagelin's second), and it was the 10th shorthanded goal the Devils have allowed this year, the most in the NHL.

Gaborik closed out the scoring with an empty net goal with four seconds remaining, his 19th of the season, and he is only one behind Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the league lead.

With the win, Lundqvist is now 21-5-5 in his career against Brodeur.

The Rangers' next game is Thursday night when they host the New York Islanders.

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