Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist Sets a New NHL Record

Tonight's Healthy ScratchesCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2010

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers celebrates in win over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  The Rangers won 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Well, there can be one positive thing taken from this abysmal season for the New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist.

With Thursday night's come-from-behind win over the Devils, Henrik Lundqvist added to a record that he already holds.

Lundqvist is now the only NHL goalie to ever post five consecutive 30-win seasons to start an NHL career.

Last season Lundqvist set the record when he recorded his 30th win over the Nashville Predators.

That gets put into perspective when you think about how hard that actually is to achieve.

Patrick Roy, arguably the greatest goaltender in NHL history, didn't even record his first 30-win season until his fourth year in the league. Marty Brodeur, Henrik's cross-town rival, took three seasons to lock up 30 wins.

Lundqvist, who just gained his 30th win during the 73rd game of the season, should have much more than his current total.

The Rangers have lost 15 games by one goal this season.

During nine of those 15 games, Lundqvist gave up three goals or less.

Seven of those 15 games, King Henrik gave up two goals or fewer!

One of those games, Lundqvist didn't even give up a goal, but the Rangers still managed to lose in a shootout!

It's unreal how good Lundqvist actually has to be on a regular basis for the Rangers to win a game.

The Rangers have won six games this season where they only scored two or fewer goals for Lundqvist.

Eleven of the Rangers 33 wins have been decided by one goal. That's 33 percent of their victories. Sickening, isn't it?

This wasn't the first record that Lundqvist has set this year, either. During the Olympics, Lundqvist broke a 50-year-old record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. It took 172-plus minutes for Lundqvist to let up a goal during Olympic play.

That streak carried over from 2006, when Lundqvist earned a gold medal for Sweden. Coincidentally, that was also the year he started his 30-win streak.

Lundqvist's win total might be down this season, but it has nothing to do with his play. Outside of the shutouts category, Lundqvist is actually putting together one of his best seasons.

It's a shame the Rangers can't do more for their King on a nightly basis.


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