NYR ice Devils 2-0; Lundqvist sets team shutout mark

 

It could have been the end of an era. Henrik Lundqvist vs. Martin Brodeur, Rangers and Devils.

 The Rangers are aiming for the playoffs, and it appears the Devils will miss the cut.

You'll read the game story and notes and my Sunday Insider on the thinning of the Rangers defense, their record in the past six years in the final 10 games, and a prospect report at newsday.com and in the paper, so I won't repeat any of that here.

Let's just put some stats on the record:

 In 41 career regular season games against Brodeur, Lundqvist is 26-9-6, 1.74  .930 and six shutouts.

And Lundqvist, with 304 wins, bypassed Olaf Kolzig 25th on the NHL all-time wins list.

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Some non-Lundqvist thoughts:

Brad Richards looked good in the faceoff circle (9-3), but not elsewhere. Appears slow, as he did near the end of last season. Wonder if he is aching.

It'll be interesting to see how Raphael Diaz fares on the point on the second PP unit. Not bad for the first time out.

Martin St. Louis, still scoreless.

Derick Brassard had a hand wrapped in ice post-game, but was holding his phone and shrugged it off.

Rangers, who blocked 14 shots, are off tomorrow (can use it to heal minor boo-boos) and will face Phoenix on Monday. Tonight was the final back-to-back on the schedule, which is a good sign.

 

 

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