The first place New York Rangers will head into the All Star break all smiles after a convincing 3-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
After a gutsy overtime win in Boston on Saturday, and a week long break ahead, it would have been easy for the Rangers to come out flat. The Rangers did not let anything distract them and came out with a good, strong energy.
Four minutes into the first period Ryan Callahan scored on a rebound off a shot from Anton Stralman to put the Rangers up 1-0. “We came out with a really strong first and set the tone for the night” said Henrik Lundqvist about his teams performance.
The Rangers took the lead into the second period and continued to control play. John Mitchell made it 2-0, when he took a pass from Michael Del Zotto and snapped a shot passed the glove of Ondrej Pavelec.
Through the first two periods Henrik Lundqvist had not been tested by the Jets attack. In the third period the Jets began getting pucks to the net and creating scoring chances. Hernik Lundqvist was up to the task as he stopped all twenty two shots he faced. Henrik’s best save of the night and maybe this year came early in the third, when he robbed Tanner Glass with his left pad and preserving the two goal lead.
Richards put the game on ice with a goal in the third, snapping a seven game goal drought, and Lundqvist earned his fifth shutout of the season.
Most of the Rangers will have the next five days off for the All Star Game. Lundqvist, Marion Gaborik, and Dan Girardi will play in the All Star Game in Ottawa. The Rangers return to the ice next Tuesday in New Jersey. The Jets’ next game is next Tuesday against Philadelphia.