Lundqvist Becomes 8th Goalie with 100 Playoff Appearances for 1 Team

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 6, 2015

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), from Sweden, heads for the bench during a break in the first period of Game 3 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Washington Capitals, Monday, May 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made the 100th start of his playoff career in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals, becoming the eighth goalie in NHL history to log 100 playoff appearances for one team, per Elias Sports Bureau.

The 33-year-old Swede has started all but one of the Rangers' 101 playoff games since he made his NHL debut in 2005-06, including each of the last 99 contests.

The previous goalie to start a playoff game for the Rangers was Kevin Weekes, who got the nod in Game 2 of a 2005-06 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the New Jersey Devils, after Lundqvist allowed six goals while making his playoff debut in Game 1.

The Rangers went back to the then-rookie Lundqvist for Games 3 and 4 of that series, but they were ultimately unable to avoid a sweep at the hands of their local rivals.

While the Rangers have already assured that their ongoing series won't end in the same fashion, they are staring at a 2-1 deficit ahead of Wednesday's Game 4 in Washington.

Lundqvist unsurprisingly hasn't been the issue, as he's allowed just five goals on 83 shots (.940 save percentage) through the first three games of the series.

Each game has been decided by a single goal, as was the case in New York's first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


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