Sunday’s game between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings had special meaning for No. 30 in net for the Blueshirts.
It was Henrik Lundqvist’s 300th career win, a 30-save shutout at home against an Original Six opponent.
Some goaltenders don’t care about such milestones – a win’s a win, after all – but Lundqvist expressed his gratitude to the Rangers faithful via Twitter.
Thank you guys for all the love and support! To reach 300 wins today was very special. let's keep it going..:) #NYR
— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) March 9, 2014
One week after his 32nd birthday, ‘King Henrik’ is already on the verge of two more big Rangers milestones. He’s just one win away from tying Rangers great Mike Richter for first on the franchise’s all-time victories list – a record he’s pretty much guaranteed to eclipse this season.
And, if Lundqvist can register one more shutout, he’ll be in sole possession of first place for that Rangers record. Blanking Detroit tied him for tops with Eddie Giacomin at 49 a piece.
Sunday was a feel-good moment in what’s been an up and down season for Lundqvist. He battled injuries and struggled out of the gate to start the 2013-14 campaign, but his game started to round into form by December.
That’s when he signed a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension to stay on Broadway until 2021.
Lundqvist then starred for Sweden at the Olympics, posting five wins and two shutouts before losing to Canada 3-0 in the gold medal game.
The silver medal may not have been the one he hoped for, but Rangers fans are hoping Lundqvist can turn that clutch Olympic performance into playoff success – something that’s eluded him in his last eight seasons in New York.
Mike Richter has one Stanley Cup ring. If Lundqvist wants to beat that number, he’d better get going.