x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Rangers’ Lundqvist shuts down Capitals

The New York goalie stopped all 22 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory over Washington.

New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves on Wednesday night. Greg Fiume / Getty Images / AFP
New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves on Wednesday night. Greg Fiume / Getty Images / AFP

Rangers 2, Capitals 0

Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 22 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season and lead the Rangers to a win over the Capitals.

Lundqvist, who ranked 52nd among NHL goaltenders with a 4.21 goals-against average entering the night, was seemingly inspired by the sight of Washington and posted the 46th shutout of his career.

John Moore and Ryan Callahan scored goals 1:46 apart in the second period to send the Rangers (2-4-0) to their first win since October 7.

The Capitals (2-5-0) have not scored a goal against Lundqvist since Game 5 of last season’s Eastern Conference quarter-finals, which the Rangers won in seven games.

Since then, Lundqvist shut out Washington for nine consecutive periods, stopping 86 straight shots.

Alex Ovechkin, who leads the Caps with six goals, recorded a team-high seven shots but continued to be frustrated by Lundqvist, who held him to one goal on 30 shots during last year’s play-off series.