Lundqvist joins elite goaltender fraternity


New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrated a milestone night in style.

Chris Kreider and Tanner Glass scored and Lundqvist made 35 saves as the New York Rangers beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Thursday night.

Lundqvist got his 30th victory of the season, joining Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only goalies in NHL history to have at least 30 wins in 10 different seasons.

“Growing up, those guys were guys I was watching and now I’m up there with wins,” Lundqvist said. “To me, it’s just a sign of I’ve been given a chance for a lot of years. I’ve been lucky to play with a lot of good players and been able to have a competitive team every year.”

Lundqvist also passed Mike Richter as the team’s all-time regular season saves leader with a stop on Vladimir Tarasenko’s wrist shot late in the first period.

“Every game you know that you’re going to get his best effort and you’re going to get great preparation and he’s going to give you a chance to win and that’s what you want from your goaltender,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Fittingly, Lundqvist’s save on Scottie Upshall’s breakaway led to the game-winning goal. Seconds after the pad save, Oscar Lindberg found Kreider in the slot to make it 2-1 at 4:18 of the third period.

“That’s a big moment and gives us a lot of confidence,” Lundqvist said.

Upshall thought Lundqvist was going into a butterfly on the breakaway so he tried to beat him high.

“Those are plays in the game that are momentum changers,” Upshall said.

Predators 3, Blackhawks 1

In Chicago, Calle Jarnkrok scored with 1:51 remaining, Pekka Rinne made 38 saves and streaking Nashville beat the Blackhawks.

Kings 2, Oilers 1

In Los Angeles, Jeff Carter and Dwight King scored in the third period and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves, leading the Kings past Edmonton.

Zack Kassian scored late in the second for the Oilers, who have lost six straight games and eight in a row at Staples Center.

Blue Jackets 6, Devils 1

In Columbus, Nick Foligno had his second career hat trick and added an assist to lead the Blue Jackets over New Jersey.

Panthers 3, Coyotes 2

In Sunrise, Florida, Aleksander Barkov scored two goals in his first game back from an injury, lifting the Panthers over Arizona.

Also for Florida, 44-year-old Jaromir Jagr had an assist and became the oldest player to record over 43 points in a season. Jagr has 44 points this season and is four points away from tying Gordie Howe for third in career points (1,850).

Flyers 3, Wild 2

In Philadelphia, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare notched the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Michal Neuvirth made two stellar saves late, helping the Flyers open a six-game homestand with a victory over Minnesota.

Maple Leafs 3, Hurricanes 1

In Toronto, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had a goal and an assist and the Maple Leafs earned their first victory in nearly two weeks.

Jets 6, Stars 3

In Dallas, Joel Armia scored twice to double his season total, and short-handed Winnipeg beat the Stars.

Islanders 2, Flames 1 (OT)

In Calgary, Josh Bailey scored with 18 seconds left in overtime, Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves, and New York rallied past the Flames.

Canucks 5, Senators 3

In Vancouver, Matt Bartkowski and Emerson Etem each scored two goals, and Jake Virtanen had the go-ahead score in the third period, leading the Canucks over Ottawa.