New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout for his 300th career win as the New York Rangers blanked the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0, Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Lundqvist, who made 30 saves, is now one win shy of tying Mike Richter for the Rangers’ franchise win record.
Lundqvist also extended his shutout streak against Detroit to 176:24, a run that consists of 91 shots dating back to March 21, 2012.
Chris Kreider scored twice and Brian Boyle added another goal for the Rangers (35-26-4), who moved ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers (73) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Jimmy Howard stopped 28 of 31 shots for the Red Wings (29-22-13), who lost three of their last four outings.
Boyle opened the scoring on what appeared at first to be a spoiled odd-man rush for the Rangers. John Moore took a drop pass and had a shooting lane in the slot, but was stopped by the oncoming Daniel Alfredsson, who broke Moore’s stick in the process.
The loose puck slid right to Boyle, who spun around and fired a wrist shot that trickled past Howard 5:14 into the game for his fifth goal.
Kreider gave New York a 2-0 lead 14 seconds into the third when he deflected McDonagh’s slap shot from the point over Howard’s left shoulder. The picture-perfect tip gave Kreider his 15th goal of the season and New York a comfortable lead.
Kreider’s second of the game with 7:49 remaining put the game away. He took a long cross-ice pass from Derek Stepan and wristed a hard shot that beat Howard inside the left post for a 3-0 lead.