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Lundqvist moves up to sixth with Rangers victory against Bruins

Passes Sawchuk on NHL wins list; Boston goalie Rask sustains concussion

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

Lundqvist achieves milestone

NYR@BOS: Lundqvist moves to 6th place in wins leaders

Henrik Lundqvist moves into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL's all-time goalie wins list, after collecting his 446th career victory

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BOSTON -- Henrik Lundqvist took over sixth place on the NHL all-time wins list with a 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

Lundqvist made 27 saves for his 446th career win, breaking a tie with Terry Sawchuk. 

It took Lundqvist (446-287-90) 840 games to pass Sawchuk, who played his entire 971-game NHL career without benefit of regular-season overtime or the shootout, both of which Lundqvist has had since joining the NHL. Sawchuk went 445-336 with 171 ties. Lundqvist has 102 wins in extra time (41 in overtime, 61 in the shootout).

 

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"I'm very proud to be on that list," Lundqvist said. "It's not something you think about when you start your career or even seven, eight, nine years in your career, number 14 now. And obviously when you reach the top 10 that's probably the first time you start to really look at that list. And there's a lot of goalies that meant a lot to me growing up, inspiration and meant a lot to the game, so to be up there, it's definitely a proud feeling and we'll see where it ends. But right now I just try to battle and have fun."

Mika Zibanejad scored two goals for the Rangers (21-20-7), who have won three in a row.

Video: NYR@BOS: Zibanejad rips wrister for PPG

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask gave up one goal on seven shots before he left with a concussion sustained in a collision with Filip Chytil on the Rangers' first goal at 18:32 of the first period. Jaroslav Halak replaced Rask and made 11 saves for the Boston (27-17-5), which has lost three of its past four games (1-2-1) and won't play again until Jan. 29.

"I think we had spots where we played really well, we had spots where we didn't," Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. "It sucks right now, we wanted to obviously get two points before the break. But I guess there's positives you could take out of every game, so you try to take it, go into the break, refocus and take some time away."

Video: NYR@BOS: Chytil uses speed to pot goal

Zibanejad scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle through traffic for a 3-2 Rangers lead at 9:05 of the third period. It was his fifth goal in the past three games.

Danton Heinen gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 17:28 of the first period before Chytil tied the score 1-1 with an end-to-end rush that ended with the puck entering the net before McAvoy hit Chytil into Rask.

Zibanejad made it 2-1 at 5:22 of the second period. Zuccarello won a face-off against Patrice Bergeron back to Brady Skjei, who took a wrist shot that Zibanejad tipped past Halak.

Video: NYR@BOS: Zibanejad deflects puck past Halak

Brad Marchand tied it 2-2 at 3:24 of the third period. He redirected David Pastrnak's pass past Lundqvist on the glove side.

The Rangers penalty kill was 5-for-5, including one that started at 15:27 of the third period.

"Obviously we got a huge power-play goal, and our penalty kill was huge all night, so special teams were the story tonight," New York coach David Quinn said.

Video: NYR@BOS: Marchand beats Lundqvist from doorstep

 

They said it 

"I've been waiting for this week. It's been a grind, obviously for different reasons. Up and down, and I think it's good to get a break and also reflect on why did we have a really good week here. I hope we all do that and understand how focused we were and really paid attention to all the details in our game this week and really why we've been winning." -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on not playing again until Jan. 29 

Video: NYR@BOS: Lundqvist uses glove to deny Wagner

 

"You have to be a self-motivator to be a successful player in this league. It can't be up to the coach every night to rev you up. We give them information, we prepare them the day before, we do some stuff in the morning, but when that puck drops it's the individuals' job to be ready to play, energy-wise and focused on the task at hand." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

 

Need to know

Zibanejad and Zuccarello each has a five-game point streak. Zibanejad has five goals and four assists during his streak, and Zuccarello has four goals and five assists in his. … The Rangers have won four straight road games against the Bruins since Boston's last win Nov. 27, 2015. … Marchand has a four-game point streak (three goals, three assists). … Bruins forward David Krejci had his five-game point streak end. … Rask remains tied with Tiny Thompson for the Bruins' all-time lead in wins with 252. … Quinn returned to Boston for the first time as an NHL coach. He coached Boston University the past five seasons before being hired by the Rangers on May 23, 2018.

 

What's next

Rangers: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 29 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, MSG, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 29 (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NESN, TSN3, NHL.TV)

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