Henrik Lundqvist stifles laughter after being asked about tough saves in shutout of Oilers

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Henrik Lundqvist (Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

On Sunday, Henrik Lundqvist posted the 55th shutout of his career with a 2-0 blanking of the Edmonton Oilers. If that wasn’t enough to make Lundqvist smile, a post-game question made him break into laughter.

It’s difficult to blame the New York Rangers goaltender for cracking a smile during the interview that followed the game. After all, he’s coming off of a 1,800-plus save season, so the 16 shots the Oilers were able to muster were little in the way of a test for King Henrik. So, when asked if he had to make any “signature” saves, he cracked up a bit: Read more

Another NHLer with the mumps: Rangers’ Derick Brassard the latest to come down with a case

Derick Brassard (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Just a few hours after Penguins star Sidney Crosby was confirmed to have come down with a case of the mumps, the NHL had another player linked to the virus when Rangers center Derick Brassard was sent from a road trip in Edmonton back to New York City with a suspected case.

Brassard, who was the Blueshirts’ second-leading point-getter (24 in 27 games), is the 14th player of the season to show symptoms of the mumps, which was contracted by teammate Tanner Glass in November. Other players affected include New Jersey’s Travis Zajac and Adam Larsson; Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Francois Beauchemin, Clayton Stoner and Emerson Etem; and Minnesota’s Ryan Suter, Jonas Brodin, Keith Ballard, Marco Scandella and Christian Folin. Read more

Kevin Klein nearly loses his ear, comes back with OT winner

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Kevin Klein (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It seems like a stroke of good luck that, in a season where players have missed time to the mumps, blood clots, and freak accidents, Kevin Klein didn’t have to leave last night’s game because he had lost his ear.

The New York Rangers blueliner took a high stick to the side of the head from Pittsburgh Penguins winger Zach Sill, fell to the ice, and the resulting damage was 13 stitches to reattach part of his ear. Luckily, in true sports fashion, Klein was back in time to pot the game-winning goal in overtime. Read more

Rangers make 15-year-old’s dream come true, sign him to one-day contract

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Chris Falzone (via Blueshirts United)

Chris Falzone will have his dream come true on Monday night when he skates onto the ice as a member of the New York Rangers.

Falzone, 15, is a cancer survivor and, along with months of treatment and therapy, hockey is what kept him going.

“His skills were impeccable and we decided as an organization that we had to sign this young man,” said Rangers legend Adam Graves in a release. “He is a young man of great character and desire, we are proud and honored to have him as part of the Rangers organization.” Read more

Five franchise players who finished their careers with other teams

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There’s been a lot of talk about legacy lately with Daniel Alfredsson signing a one-day deal to retire as an Ottawa Senator, and Martin Brodeur joining the St. Louis Blues after serving as the face of the New Jersey Devils for two decades.

It’s odd to see Brodeur with the Bluenote on his jersey and mask, and it was strange to see Daniel Alfredsson skating for the Detroit Red Wings last season.

But as hurt as some fans were by the Brodeur and Alfredsson defections, the history books will still remember them for what they accomplished with the franchises they came to represent.

We saw that already in Alfredsson’s retirement ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday, and we’ll see it again with Brodeur when he hangs up his pads.
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Bure and Ovechkin: 702 games, three goals apart. Who’s better?

Alexander Ovechkin equalled Pavel Bure's career games played last weekend, and their numbers are remarkably similar. (Getty Images)

Don’t you love it when a perfect comparison delivers itself to you on a plate?

Credit to a Reddit user named ‘Nuppa Nuppa’ for pointing this out. Alex Ovechkin played his 702nd career game this past Saturday in Toronto. In doing so, he equalled Pavel Bure’s total. So arguably the two greatest pure goal scorers of the last 25 years sat at precisely the same sample size before Ovie reached 703 games Tuesday. Lo and behold, they were just three goals apart.

Bure: 702 games, 437 goals, 779 points
Ovechkin: 702 games, 434 goals, 835 points

Those numbers leap off the page, get down on their knees and beg us to ask: who is better? ‘The Russian Rocket’ or ‘Alexander the GR8′?

Let’s break it down.

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Jamie ‘Noodles’ McLennan still has the best seat

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As a player always slotted as backup goalie, Jamie McLennan used to enter each season wondering how much work he’d get. During his NHL career that began in 1993 and ended in 2008, his games played in a season ranged from nine in 2006-07 with Calgary to 38 in 2000-01 with Minnesota. All told, McLennan appeared in 254 games (80-109-36 record and 13 shutouts).

“I’m very proud of it,” McLennan said. “I had some success and pitfalls. I am well aware it wasn’t Hall of Fame worthy, but I was a backup goalie who hung around for a long time.”

Today, as a hockey analyst with TSN and the NHL Network, McLennan is still viewed as a backup by some. With Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger the go-to guys at TSN, McLennan gets duty on That’s Hockey and That’s Hockey 2Nite on TV and co-hosts Leafs Lunch for two hours a day on TSN Radio. That’s on top of providing color commentary for 36 regionally broadcast games for the Ottawa Senators. Read more

Watch Martin St-Louis record his 1,000th point

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Martin St-Louis' 1,000th point adds to an already-loaded resume. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

That sound you hear? A ticket being punched. Martin St-Louis hit a statistical benchmark Friday that should cement his place in the Hall of Fame.

It seems silly to assign that much importance to St-Louis’ 1,000th point. Would we really look at his career differently if he finished with 999? Probably not, but joining the 1,000 club might knock down an invisible gate for anyone questioning his Hall candidacy. Here’s the goal St-Louis potted for the Rangers in Friday’s Thanksgiving matinee against Philadelphia. It’s not highlight-reel material, but it’s beautiful positioning by St-Louis, who bangs in a rebound:

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