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Lundqvist moves into tie for seventh on wins list, Rangers top Canucks

Goaltender gets 437th NHL victory; New York 6-0-1 in past seven games

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie for seventh place on the NHL's all-time wins list for goaltenders when the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Lundqvist made 25 saves for his 437th career win to tie Jacques Plante.

Forwards Filip Chytil and Brett Howden scored for the Rangers (9-7-2), who are 6-0-1 in their past seven games.

 

[WATCH: All Canucks vs. Rangers highlights]

 

"We're in every game. We continue to make smart plays, smart decision with the puck," Lundqvist said. "We put ourselves in position to win every game. It has been great to see. We are moving in the right direction. We didn't try to do too much."

Video: VAN@NYR: Lundqvist makes clutch saves at the buzzer

Forward Nikolay Goldobin scored, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 25 saves for the Canucks (10-7-2), who had their six-game point streak end.

"It was one of those games where it just kind of came down to a bounce," Canucks coach Travis Green said. "We had some good spurts tonight. You're going to play well and lose sometimes. ... Give their team credit; they played well too. They didn't give us a lot."

Howden broke a 1-1 tie at 11:19 of the third period with his fourth goal of the season. Jimmy Vesey's shot was blocked by Goldobin and the puck went right to Howden.

"Luckily it popped out right in front of me and I just tried to get it on net," Howden said. "I just got lucky that there was an open net. I just shot it as quick as I could."

Goldobin gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 3:16 of the second period scoring on a 2-on-1 with defenseman Ben Hutton.

Video: VAN@NYR: Goldobin goes top shelf to open scoring

Canucks defenseman Michael Del Zotto thought he scored 37 seconds later at 3:53, when his shot hit both posts and the crossbar, but video review concluded the puck never crossed the goal line.

"It's a game of inches," Del Zotto said. "I knew at that point, if that's not going in, it's probably not going in for me the rest of the night. It's just one of those games. I thought tonight we deserved to get one point out of this. Luckily we play tomorrow night (against the New York Islanders) and hopefully we get two points there."

Chytil tied the game at 1-1 with a power-play goal at 12:42 of the second period. Defenseman Neal Pionk's shot from the point was tipped by forward Chris Kreider and stopped by Markstrom, but Chytil scored on the rebound for his first goal of the season. 

Lundqvist made 11 saves in the third period and didn't allow a goal on four Canucks power-play opportunities. The Rangers penalty kill is 17-for-19 over the past five games.

"The guy is a Hall of Famer, climbs the ladder for the all-time wins list tonight, real happy for him in that regard," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "He's a big piece of us winning 2-1 tonight."

Video: VAN@NYR: Chytil cleans up rebound in front for PPG

 

They said it

"It's tough right now, but I thought we played a really good road game. We created a lot of chances and could've scored a lot of goals. We had post, crossbar, post (on Del Zotto's shot) and then crossbar right after that. You make your luck too. We have to keep working. The good thing with this league is that there's a game tomorrow." -- Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom

 

"It's pretty crazy. [Lundqvist] is a legend, one of the best of all-time for sure. He is pretty close to breaking lots of records. Me being 20 years old, watching him for so long, it's really special to be a part of that with him." -- Rangers forward Brett Howden

Video: VAN@NYR: Howden snipes one from the circle

 

Need to know

The Canucks are 0-for-8 on the power play in their past two games. … Lundqvist is eight wins shy of tying Terry Sawchuk (445) for sixth on the all-time list. … The Rangers were without forward Pavel Buchnevich after it was announced before the game that he will be out 4-6 weeks because of a broken thumb. ... It is the longest point streak for New York since a 13-game streak from Oct. 18-Nov. 15, 2015 (11-0-2). … The Rangers are 81-32-1 (with eight ties) all-time against the Canucks. 

 

What's next

Canucks: At the New York Islanders on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, SNP, NHL.TV)

Rangers: At the New York Islanders on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+2, MSG, NHL.TV)

Video: Rangers edge Canucks to extend point streak

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