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Glass, Lundqvist Lead Way Over Panthers

Lundqvist Moves Into 10th In Wins in NHL History

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

SUNRISE, FL. -- Henrik Lundqvist backstopped the Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers Tuesday, and further cemented himself into the record books.

Lundqvist finished with 43 saves for his 30th victory of the season, and the 404th of his illustrious career to pass Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr for 10th all-time in wins by a goaltender.

"I'm proud. I'm very proud," Lundqvist said. "I work really hard. Sometimes it doesn't always go your way but you just have to stick with it and believe in yourself and believe in your team. That's what I've been doing here for 12 years as part of this organization."

Five different Rangers scored, including Tanner Glass, who added an assist in his second game of the season. Oscar Lindberg had a pair of assists as well in helping the Rangers sweep the back-to-back Florida portion of their four-game road trip.

Chris Kreider opened the scoring when he deflected a Steven Kampfer shot from the point past James Reimer 9:25 into the game. The goal was Kreider's 25th of the season, which increased his career-best.

Glass would double the lead with his first goal of the season after being recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Sunday. Oscar Lindberg fired a shot on Reimer, who coughed up a rebound that Glass was there to bury for his first goal since March 21, 2016 (nine games).

"I was driving the net for [J.T. Miller]," said Glass, who wore the Broadway Hat. "He was carrying it in. I thought he was going to throw it to the net so I kind of went all out to get my stick free. I fell down and I got back up the puck was laying on the doorstep. Sometimes that's how it goes."

In addition to the two points, Ryan McDonagh said Glass' impact on the Rangers in his two games is more his play style of leading by example, and adds something to the lineup the captain felt was missing at times this year.

"It was huge. It's great for him," McDonagh said. "More importantly the example that he sets. Going to the net and stopping and using his speed backing off guys. Going to the net on Holden's play and putting a screen. We've been missing that at times this year and haven't been doing it enough. I think it's setting a good example for the rest of our forward group of going to the hard areas, paying the price and making it tough on them."

Kevin Hayes would snap an 11-game goal drought when he beat Reimer 4:06 into the second period. Brady Skjei hit Hayes at the Florida blueline and the center broke in and went backhand for his 16th goal of the season to make it 3-0 Blueshirts.

After Thomas Vanek scored Florida's first goal in the second period, Nick Holden put the Rangers back up by three when he walked in the slot and blasted a shot past Reimer, who was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots. Holden's 10th goal tied his career-best.

Aaron Ekblad added a power play goal with 3:26 left in the game before Pavel Buchnevich capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:45 remaining.

Lundqvist's best stop of the night came late in the first period with the Rangers on the penalty kill when he denied Jussi Jokinen with his toe to keep the Rangers up a pair.

"I was going one way and the puck going the other way, so it was more of a desperation save." Lundqvist said. "A little lucky there, but I saw it at the last second."

Lundqvist's passing of Fuhr wasn't the only history-making feat Tuesday. By securing his 30th win of the season, Lundqvist passed Martin Brodeur for the most wins by a goalie in his first 12 NHL seasons, as well as becoming the first netminder to reach the 30-win plateau in 11 of his first 12 NHL seasons. He became just the third goalie to reach 30 wins in at least 11 seasons.

 "We see him compete and work the way he does," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's been one of the best goaltenders in the last 12 years in the League. We're all working hard in front of him and hopefully we continue to do that."

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