Henrik Lundqvist’s Rangers career can’t be summed up in numbers. The legendary goalie was New York’s backbone for nearly 15 years, leading the franchise to its lone Stanley Cup appearance since its 1994 title.
But on Friday night, the Rangers will try to sum up Lundqvist’s legacy numerically, simply with a No. 30, as Ludqvist’s number is lifted into the rafters at Madison Square Garden.
Of course, No. 30 will always be synonymous with Lundqvist, and while it’s impossible to quantify what he meant to the Rangers during his career with digits, we can try and show some numbers that illustrate just how dominant he was between the pipes for New York. Here are a few.
That’s how many playoff wins Lundqvist recorded as a Ranger, the most in franchise history. Lundqvist holds over 50 franchise records with the Rangers, but this one illustrates how clutch he was in the postseason, logging 10 shutouts and leading New York to the Stanley Cup in 2014. The Rangers fell short that season, but not because of Lundqvist, who stopped 48 shots in the Kings’ series-clinching win in game five.
Six straight in sevens
Speaking of playoff excellence, Lundqvist is the only goalie in NHL history to win six straight game sevens in the playoffs. It started with a 27-save effort against the Senators in the first round of the 2012 playoffs, continued against the Capitals in that same postseason, and lasted through game seven of the conference finals in 2015, when New York was blanked 2-0 at home.
In those six straight game seven wins? Lundqvist never allowed more than one goal, and picked up one shutout. In the last two games of that streak combined, he made 70 saves on 72 shots. In eight career game sevens, he posted a ridiculous GAA of 1.11 with a .961 save percentage.
Lundqvist won at least 20 games from the start of his career through the 2017-18 season, a span of 13 straight years, good for the most ever in NHL history. He started that streak with seven straight 30-win seasons, and won a carer-high 39 during the 2011-12 campaign, when he won the Vezina trophy.
Thanks to that consistency, Lundqvist became the fastest goalie to 400 career wins in NHL hisotyr, needing just 727 appearances to reach that milestone.
Total up all of Lundqvist’s wins, and you get 459, which happens to be the most ever by a goalie in NHL history among netminders who only played for one franchise in his entire career. Lundqvist did sign on with the Capitals after the Rangers bought him out, but he never took the ice with Washington due to heart problems that eventually led to his retirement. So, Lundqvist’s number will be retired by the only team he ever played for, and he did an awful lot of winning with them.
There are plenty more numbers that help encapsulate Lundqvist’s career accomplishments, like the more than 50 franchise records he holds, the 23,509 saves, the 64 shutouts, but on Friday, the only number that matters is 30.
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