Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves, rebounding from an awful performance Saturday, and the Blueshirts got goals from Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad, as the Rangers shut out the Canadiens Sunday night, 2-0, to record their first win of the 2017-18 season.
It was Lundqvist’s 62nd career shutout and his 406th career NHL win.
He gave up five goals in just 20 minutes in Saturday’s 8-5 loss at Toronto, and was pulled after the 1st period. But, after a shaky start Sunday, he was on his game, making save after save and seemingly growing in confidence as the game went on.
The Canadiens actually scored a couple of goals in the 1st period, but each goal was reviewed and disallowed, and the game remained scoreless deep into the period. The Rangers would eventually take a 1-0 lead when Skjei’s pass to Michael Grabner deflected in off the skate of Shea Weber and past Carey Price for a goal at 17:25.
Neither team scored in the 2nd period. Midway through the 3rd, Pavel Buchnevich, who was behind the net, passed to Zibanejad, who beat Price from a near-impossible angle at 9:13 to make it 2-0. Zibanejad has now scored a goal in each of the team’s first three games. This is the 4th straight year that a Rangers player has pulled off this feat [Chris Kreider in 2016-17, Oscar Lindberg in 2015-16, and Rick Nash in 2014-15].
The Rangers [now 1-2-0, 2 pts] host the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at The Garden.