The New York Rangers were on the brink of elimination during the Stanely Cup Finals on Wednesday night. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist can arguably be said the best player on the ice that night, keeping the Rangers from being swept out of the final after making 40 saves during the 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
While playing in New York at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are 8-0 in the past eight elimination games on home ice. Lundqvist has a goals-against average of .99, a .968 save percentage and two shutouts over the course of these eight games. In the past 13 elimination games, Lundqvist has gone 11-2 with a 1.30 goals-against average, a .959 save percentage and two shutouts.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, these eight straight games at home while facing elimination are an NHL record. Formerly the record was held by the Detroit Red Wings with seven games, achieved during both the 1934-40 and 1949-55 seasons. The Montreal Canadiens also achieved seven games during the 1941-50 season. This feat hasn’t been achieved in over 60 years, something the Rangers should be incredibly proud of.
The playoffs this year have also become the longest in the history of the Stanley Cup. Game 5 will be played in Los Angeles on Friday and will the 93rd game of the postseason. This marks one more game than played in 1991. The Kings will be playing their 26th game throughout the four series, tying them for the most games played in one playoff year with the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2004 Calgary Flames.
The Rangers will need to win the remaining games to win the Cup, however the Kings are currently 7-0 when facing elimination during this years playoffs.
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