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Lundqvist and Callahan Continue Stellar Play as Rangers Blank Bruins
As I wrote on February 2nd, Lundqvist deserves serious MVP consideration for his campaign thus far, leading the Rangers to an Eastern Conference best 79 points in 55 games, and he continues to bolster his case with his ridiculous play of late. Lundqvist's last eight games have been absolutely off the charts, as he has gone 7-1 and posted a 1.10 GAA and .960 save percentage.
Overall, he leads the league with a .941 save percentage and 7 shutouts, and is 2nd in Goals Against Average, at 1.77. The leader in GAA, Brian Elliott, has started 18 fewer games than Lundqvist and faced nearly 600 fewer shots.
The performance was Lundqvist's 42nd career shutout, and the 12th time that he has tallied 40 or more saves in a game. More importantly, it was another fantastic performance for King Henry and the Broadway Blueshirts on a huge stage.
The Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champions, and are 2nd in the Eastern Conference to the Rangers. In the last month, the Rangers have twice gone into Boston and defeated them on their ice, sending a message that they are the frontrunner in the conference not only by points accumulated, but through gritty performance over the best teams.
Another Rangers player continuing to exceed the high expectations which have been set for him is first year captain Ryan Callahan. Callahan doesn't crack the top 50 in the NHL in points - an oddity for a forward who's a team captain at age 26 - but he does all the little things that make the Rangers a true contender.
He's a great two-way forward who logs serious ice time for both the power play and the penalty kill, and seemingly racks up dozens of hits and blocked shots per game. Against Boston, he tied his career-high from last year with 23 goals, the majority of which tend to come at all of the most important times.
Callahan, a 2010 US Olympian, is 4th in the league with 11 power play goals and 7th in the league with six game-winning goals. On Tuesday night, he opened up the scoring about midway through the first period on the power play, notching what would prove to be the game winner, and scoring his sixth goal in the past four games.
Lundqvist and Callahan were deservedly named the top two stars on Tuesday night, and they continue to guide the club at its lofty perch atop the Eastern Conference.
Sources: NHL.com/Stats, Rangers.NHL.com
Jake Emen is a lifelong Rangers fan from New Jersey. He also runs the boxing news website ProBoxing-Fans.com. You can find more of his writing, along with interviews, rankings and breaking news stories at the site, or you can follow ProBoxing-Fans.com on Twitter, @ProBoxingFans.
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