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Lundqvist's big week honored by NHL

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed only one goal in three starts over the past seven days, was honored by the NHL on Monday as the league's No. 3 star of the week.

Finishing behind Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller and Anaheim forward Corey Perry, who were the No. 1 and No. 2 stars, Lundqvist becomes the first Rangers player to crack the league's weekly top three during the 2010-11 season.

Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 22 saves in a 1-0 shutout of the Florida Panthers on Tuesday at MSG.
In recognizing Lundqvist for the honor, the NHL noted his 2-0-1 record, 0.32 goals-against average, .987 save percentage and two shutouts for the week ending March 27.

With his remarkable performance, Lundqvist helped the Rangers move closer to locking up an Eastern Conference playoff berth by earning five of a possible six points. With six games remaining in the season, the Rangers have a magic number of eight points relative to the Carolina Hurricanes to clinch their playoff berth. Any combination of Rangers victories and Carolina losses adding up to eight points would put the Blueshirts in the playoffs.

Lundqvist stopped 77 of 78 shots this past week, beginning with his 22-save performance in a 1-0 victory over Florida last Tuesday night at MSG.

He then recorded 29 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and finished the week by making 26 saves in recording his League-leading 11th shutout of the season, a 1-0 victory at Boston on Saturday afternoon.

Lundqvist improved to 33-24-5 on the season with a 2.24 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. He has extended his NHL record by posting 30+ wins for the sixth consecutive season to start his career.
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