NEW YORK – Henrik Lundqvist already knows the joy of getting a lucrative contract extension. Who knew that one week later, a win at Madison Square Garden would bring the star goalie pure jubilation.
When Lundqvist turned aside Mikael Backlund in the seventh round of the shootout Sunday night, he and the rest of the New York Rangers had a long-awaited 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames and an end to a four-game losing streak, all at home.
Lundqvist, who stopped 18 shots through overtime, spread his arms and looked up to the ceiling as his teammates raced from the bench to meet him at the end of the 0-3-1 skid.
“It was just a big relief to get two points,” said Lundqvist, who earned just his second win since agreeing to a seven-year contract extension. “I had a chance to close it out twice and I didn’t do it. Finally we ended the game.”
Benoit Pouliot scored the fourth goal of the Rangers’ first shootout of the season to give them their first win on a team-record, nine-game homestand.
“I just had a feeling that if we don’t win this one, I’m not going to be a happy guy,” Lundqvist said. “It’s a big win for us. Right now, you have to look at it as taking baby steps in improving and start winning. You can’t turn this around right away.
“You start with one period, then two periods, then a game. Then you start feeling good about yourself.”
Capitals 5, Flyers 4 (SO)
In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored with 48 seconds left and goalie Phillip Grubauer came off for an extra attacker to cap a late three-goal rally as the Capitals went on to beat Philadelphia.
Mike Green cut Washington’s deficit to 4-2 with 8:40 remaining, and Dmitry Orlov pulled the Capitals within one with 3:31 to go. The two defensemen scored on long slap shots.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 1
In Chicago, Jonathan Toews set up two of the Blackhawks’ three first-period goals as the home team cooled off Los Angeles in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.
Rookie Antti Raanta made 21 saves to help the Blackhawks bounce back from a 7-3 loss at Toronto on Saturday night. Marian Hossa had a short-handed score that snapped Los Angeles’ NHL-record streak of 18 games without allowing a first-period goal.
Ducks 3, Oilers 2
In Anaheim, Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:17 to play and Ryan Getzlaf extended his points streak to 14 games as the Ducks beat Edmonton for their fifth straight victory.
Corey Perry’s seven-game goal streak ended, but his linemates connected for the deciding score in the Pacific Division-leading Ducks’ 15th win in their last 17 meetings with the last-place Oilers.
Panthers 2, Canadiens 1
In Montreal, Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad scored in a 2:27 span in the second period, and Scott Clemmensen made 17 saves in Florida’s victory.
Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens, and Peter Budaj made 23 saves.
Lightning 3, Red Wings 0
In Detroit, Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his sixth career shutout, and Tyler Johnson, J.T. Brown and Alex Killorn scored in the third period in Tampa Bay’s victory over the Red Wings.
Petr Mrazek stopped 24 shots for Detroit, which lost its fifth in a row.
Johnson opened the scoring 3:13 into the third, tipping in a loose puck from the front of the net for his eighth goal. Brown scored at 9:16, beating Mrazek on a tip off Nate Thompson’s pass from the corner.
Killorn added an empty-net goal.