Prior to Thursday night's game between the Rangers and Islanders at Madison Square Garden, Rangers rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
was honored as the 18th winner of the team's annual MetLife/Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. The award was determined by the results of online and in-arena fan balloting.
The award was presented to Lundqvist in a special pregame ceremony by Steven, wife, Patty and son, Conor, In addition to the award, a $25,000 check was presented to the Steven McDonald Foundation by MetLife Executive Vice-President Louis Raguso. Named after Officer McDonald, the award goes to the Rangers player "who goes above and beyond the call of duty."
Lundqvist emerged as the Rangers No. 1 goaltender during his rookie season, helping the team secure its first playoff berth since 1997. He also broke the team record for wins by a first-year goaltender and became the first Rangers rookie to win 30 games in one season.
Lundqvist was not in the Rangers' lineup due to a strained hip flexor muscle although he was on hand to accept the award.
In conjunction with the voting, all fans who cast a vote either online, in-arena or via were automatically entered into a sweepstakes as well, with the Grand Prize winner receiving a signed Lundqvist jersey. The winner of that contest was Ed Pino of New York City.