The New York Rangers were not the team that many had picked to be atop the Atlantic Division this season but, thanks to strong team play and Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers are five points ahead of their nearest opponent and right in the thick of things in pursuit o the Presidents’ Trophy.
1) Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers – On most nights, Lundqvist gives the Rangers the chance to win even when they’re playing their worst. On Wednesday night, Lundqvist was near perfect in New York’s 1-0 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres, letting in just one goal during the shootout while making 34 saves over the course of regulation and overtime. Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan both scored in the shootout to give the Rangers the edge over the struggling Sabres.
2) Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars – The Stars’ lone All-Star put forth another All-Star effort on Wednesday night against a surging Ducks team for their second straight win over Anaheim. Benn tallied a goal in the middle of the Stars’ four-goal run, then assisted on both third-period goals for the Stars to lead them to a 6-2 win over their Pacific Division rival. Eric Nystrom, Vernon Fiddler, Sheldon Souray and Michael Ryder also scored for Dallas and Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 of 35 shots for his second-straight win.
3) James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs – Reimer broke a streak of four-straight games of giving up three or more goals in a big way, shutting out the Pittsburgh Penguins and ending their eight-game winning streak for his first win in over a month. Reimer stopped all 25 shots that the Pens threw his way, including 12 in the second period, to stymie the Pens and lead the Leafs to the win. Clarke MacArthur scored the game’s lone goal for his 16th of the season to help the Leafs win their third in four games.
Play of the Night
Talk about clutch. With less than one second remaining in regulation, Drew Doughty drove home the rebound to give the Kings a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Save of the Night
Henrik Lundqvist was nearly perfect on Wednesday and, with saves like this one against Brad Boyes in the shootout, it’s no wonder why.
College Play of the Night
Sure, it’s college, but Cam Wojtala threw together a play for Boston College that could be a top play anywhere.