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Lundqvist wins McDonald Extra Effort Award

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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.
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