Pittsburgh – The New York Rangers are missing their captain and one of their leading scorers. They still have one of the best goaltenders in the league.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and 58th of his career, guiding the New York Rangers past the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Wednesday night.
“I just liked the way we competed,” Lundqvist said. “I felt like we were getting to loose pucks and rebounds. You need guys to step up when they get the opportunity to play more minutes and that’s what we’re having now.”
None bigger than Lundqvist, who recorded his 27th win of the season and passed Martin Brodeur for most victories by a goaltender in his first 11 NHL seasons.
Lundqvist has won nine of his last 12 starts and allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his last 18 appearances, helping the Rangers win again without captain Ryan McDonagh and eight-time 30-goal scorer Rick Nash.
“There’s no doubt that our goaltending was outstanding,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “(Lundqvist) made some big saves at key times and we were able to get some timely goals.”
Kevin Hayes, Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast scored for the Rangers, who won their fourth straight, and fifth in six games. New York has at least one point in 14 of its last 20 games.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who didn’t record a shot on goal, failed to extend a career-high, seven-game goal-scoring streak and an 11-game run of 12 goals and 22 points during that span.
Red Wings 3, Senators 1
In Detroit, Danny DeKeyser and Henrik Zetterberg scored early in the first and third periods to help the Red Wings beat Ottawa and spoil Dion Phaneuf’s debut with his new team.
Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots and his bid for a second straight shutout ended with 2:24 left when Zach Smith scored.
Darren Helm restored Detroit’s two-goal lead with an empty-net goal about a minute later.
Phaneuf was acquired Tuesday in a nine-player trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Canucks 2, Coyotes 1
In Glendale, Arizona, Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to end a five-game losing streak and extend his dominance over the Coyotes.
Jake Virtanen scored in the first period and Jannik Hansen had his 16th of the season on a double carom off two Arizona players in the second.
Miller improved to 9-1 against the Coyotes, including 6-0 in Glendale.
Martin Hanzal scored a power-play goal and Louis Domingue stopped 24 shots for Arizona. The Coyotes have lost five straight and nine of 11.