⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Henrik Lundqvist
The King started in net against the league leading Washington Capitals where he put on an absolute show on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. After a string of poor performances, Lundqvist returned to the level of play which fans have come to expect from him this season. He stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced to finish the night with a .968 SV%.
His win against the Capitals was his 869th start in the NHL which put him past Grant Fuhr for the 10th most regular season starts by an NHL goaltender. On a night where he moved up to the top-10 games played list for a goaltender, the King also recorded yet another big milestone for his career. He recorded his 454th win which ties him with Curtis Joseph for fifth place on the NHL all-time wins list.
⭐️⭐️ – Craig Anderson
The Ottawa Senators have surprised some fans this season with their hard work on the ice. While they still sit outside of the playoffs which was the expectation set in place, they have broken out of that shell, putting on a performance much better than anticipated. Goaltender Anders Nilsson can be credited for some of the team’s success.
He has been great between the posts for the Senators and has started to steal the starting job away from Craig Anderson. The Senators chose to start Anderson against the surging Montreal Canadiens and much to D.J. Smith’s dismay, the veteran backstop did not disappoint. He played his best game of the season, trying to show the Senators that he is the team’s starting goaltender.
He stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced, giving him a .972 SV% on the night. The lone goal he allowed was scored by Nick Suzuki on the Canadiens power play. He backstopped his team to overtime where they would score to beat the Montreal in overtime. This would hand his team the victory, continuing their win streak while upping it to two.
⭐️ – Artemi Panarin
The New York Rangers knew going into Wednesday night’s matchup against the Capitals that they would have to be playing at their best as the league leading club paid the Rangers a visit. Artemi Panarin showed the league why New York made him one of the league’s highest paid players with a two goal performance. He scored the first goal of the game which was the only goal scored by either team in the second.
He then recorded the game-winning goal early on in the third to propel his team to the victory. Both of his two goals came on the man-advantage against the visiting Capitals. For the Russian left-winger, they were his 10th and 11th goals of the season. With that being said, the 28-year-old native of Korkino now sits with 25 points in 19 games which is the highest points total on the Rangers.