Rangers’ goalie records 60th ca­reer shutout

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By De­nis P. Gor­man

For Hen­rik Lundqvist, the fo­cus is not on record­ing shutouts. In­stead, the em­pha­sis is just on play­ing well. Shutouts, he rea­soned, are sat­is­fy­ing byprod­ucts of every­one per­fectly ex­e­cut­ing the game plan.

For Hen­rik Lundqvist, the fo­cus is not on record­ing shutouts. In­stead, the em­pha­sis is just on play­ing well — in­di­vid­u­ally and as a team.

Shutouts, he rea­soned, are sat­is­fy­ing byprod­ucts of every­one per­fectly ex­e­cut­ing the game plan.

“Every goalie, you feel good about your game when you get a shutout,” Lundqvist said af­ter mak­ing a sea­son-high 35 saves for his 60th ca­reer shutout to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tues­day night. “Every game you’re look­ing for the com­plete game (where) you don’t give up goals, ob­vi­ously. It’s a good feel­ing when you do that.”

Jimmy Ve­sey had a goal and two as­sists, and Dan Gi­rardi, Rick Nash, Mats Zuc­carello and Kevin Hayes also scored for New York, which has won seven of its first 10 games.

Chris Krei­der, who missed the pre­vi­ous four games due to neck spasms, had two as­sists as 11 Rangers play­ers recorded at least one point.

“We’re mak­ing plays when they’re there,” de­fense­man Marc Staal said. “It’s al­low­ing us to be ef­fec­tive and right now we’re scor­ing on chances which helps, for sure.”

Jake Allen started in goal for St. Louis and al­lowed four goals on 19 shots un­til he was re­placed by Carter Hut­ton af­ter Zuc­carello made it 4-0 with 7:05 re­main­ing in the sec­ond. Hut­ton stopped eight of the nine shots he faced. The Blues lost for the third time in five games.

“That’s a hell of a team,” Blues coach Ken Hitch­cock said. “They gave us a hell of a les­son. They are play­ing great team hockey and they just ex­posed any weak­ness we had. They ex­posed it. They’ve done it to a few teams.”

The Rangers led 2-0 af­ter goals 1:34 apart mid­way through the first pe­riod. Gi­radi opened the scor­ing 9:37 in with a 4-on-4 goal at 9:37 as his shot ric­o­cheted off the skate of the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko and bounced off the ice and past Allen’s glove side.

Ve­sey then dou­bled the lead 1:34 later on the power play as he skated down the slot and snapped a pass from Derek Stepan past Allen’s stick for his sixth of the sea­son.

“I’m start­ing to get re­ally con­fi­dent out there and try some things I might not have tried a cou­ple games ago,” Ve­sey said. “I think con­fi­dence is ev­ery­thing in this game and right now it’s high . ... I am rid­ing that.”

Nash scored his fifth of the sea­son 6:18 into the sec­ond to ex­tend the ad­van­tage to 3-0. Ve­sey be­gan the se­quence by in­ter­cept­ing Kevin Shat­tenkirk’s clear­ing pass in the neu­tral zone, then car­ried the puck into the of­fen­sive zone where he found Nash, who banked a shot off Allen from be­hind the net.

MARY ALTAFFER — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rangers goalie Hen­rik Lundqvist blocks a shot by Blues’ Robby Fab­bri dur­ing New York’s vic­tory over St. Louis.

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