Lundqvist secured a one-year, $1.5 million contract with Washington on Friday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Lundqvist will don another sweater for the first time in his 15-year NHL career. With 459 career wins, King Henrik currently sits second among active goalies behind only Vegas' Marc-Andre Fleury. With the Caps, Lundqvist can at best hope to split time with Ilya Samsonov, who had an excellent debut season in 2019-20. However, if the youngster struggles, Lundqvist figures to immediately jump into a starting role.
Lundqvist's contract was bought out by the Rangers on Wednesday.
The buyout marks the end of King Henrik's 15-year reign in New York. During that time, Lundqvist posted a 459-310-96 record in 887 appearances along with a .918 save percentage, 2.43 GAA and 64 shutouts. The Swedish backstop currently sits sixth all-time in career wins and second among active players. The two-time NHL All-Star and 2011-12 Vezina Trophy winner will almost certainly garner interest from several NHL clubs, though it will likely be at significantly less than the $8.5 million cap hit he was set to cost the Rangers this year.
Lundqvist stopped 30 shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2.
The 38-year-old wasn't as sharp as he'd been in Game 1, surrendering a hat trick to Andrei Svechnikov, but the end result was the same. With the Rangers now facing elimination, don't be surprised if they make a change in net Tuesday night -- whether that means turning to Igor Shesterkin (undisclosed), or even Alexandar Georgiev if Shesterkin isn't yet ready to go.
Lundqvist will make a second straight start for Monday's Game 2 clash with the Hurricanes, Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic reports.
Lundqvist faced 37 shots in Game 1 in which he made 34 saves but wasn't able to secure the win for his club. King Henrik appears to have cemented himself as the preferred option in goal and will get the nod with Igor Shesterkin still unfit to play.
Lundqvist made 34 saves in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifier.
Getting the surprise start over Igor Shesterkin (undisclosed), the veteran netminder was scored on by Jaccob Slavin just 61 seconds into the game after a defensive breakdown by the Rangers. Lundqvist then turned back the clock and put together a vintage performance to keep his team in the game, but New York couldn't climb out of the hole. Shesterkin's status is uncertain for Game 2 on Monday, but Lundqvist's strong showing suggests he's more than up to the task if needed.
Lundqvist will start Saturday's Game 1 against the Hurricanes.
Lundqvist was expected to be the backup for Saturday's contest, but as the Rangers took the ice for pregame warmups, news broke that Igor Shesterkin had been deemed unfit to play, paving the way for King Henrik to get the start in goal. The 38-year-old netminder struggled during the regular season, compiling a 10-12-3 record while posting a sub-par 3.16 GAA and .905 save percentage, but he looked good during training camp and has fared extremely well against the Hurricanes in the past.
According to team president John Davidson, Lundqvist will have a chance to win the starting job back during the Rangers' pre-playoffs training camp, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Lundqvist has essentially served as New York's No. 3 netminder since early January behind Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev, but the Rangers may want to rely on the 38-year-old Swede's wealth of experience once the playoffs get underway. They'll also be taking on the Hurricanes in the qualifying round, and Lundqvist has been exceptional against Carolina this year, going 3-0-0 while posting an impressive 2.33 GAA and .947 save percentage. More information regarding New York's goaltending battle should begin to surface once the team's training camp gets underway in mid-July.
Lundqvist made 21 saves in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Flyers.
Three of Philly's five goals were scored on the power play, and the fourth came on a short-handed, odd-man rush after Ryan Strome coughed up the puck, giving Lundqvist little chance to keep the Rangers in the game in his first start in nearly a month. The veteran netminder now has a 3.19 GAA and .904 save percentage on the season as he slowly gets phased out of the crease by New York.
Lundqvist will start Sunday's home clash with the Flyers.
Lundqvist will draw his first start since Feb. 3 against the Stars, when he was pulled after allowing four goals on 15 shots in the loss. The 37-year-old has been decent this campaign in more of a backup role, going 10-11-3 along with a 3.11 GAA and .907 save percentage in 28 appearances. It will be a tough test for the Swede, as the Flyers have surged to an 8-2-0 record in their past 10 games.
Lundqvist faced one shot in 6:04 of ice time against the Jets on Tuesday while starter Igor Shesterkin was in the locker room as part of the concussion protocol.
Lundqvist was back on the bench for the start of the second period after Shesterkin was cleared to play and retook the crease. With a back-to-back on the horizon, Lundqvist should get the start against either Minnesota or Columbus on Thursday or Friday, respectively.
Lundqvist was pulled after two periods after allowing four goals on 15 shots during a 5-3 loss to Dallas on Monday.
Lundqvist wasn't nearly as sharp in this game as he was in his last start, a 1-0 shutout victory over the Red Wings. Besides a pair of shutouts in his last five starts, the veteran has given up a combined 13 goals in the three other appearances and now holds a 10-11-3 record across 27 appearances in 2019-20.
Lundqvist will tend the home twine Monday versus the Stars, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
The three-goalie rotation leads to continuous uncertainty in the Rangers' crease, but the team will stick with Lundqvist after he posted a 33-save shutout in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Red Wings. The Stars have been shaky offensively this year, though they've won four of their last six road games despite averaging just two goals per contest in that stretch.
Lundqvist made 33 saves in a 1-0 win over Detroit on Saturday.
It was his first shutout in two seasons. His last one came Nov. 19, 2017. Lundqvist loves to play the Wings -- his save percentage is a sparkling .941 against them. But this was his first game since Jan. 11 as he's been part of a three-headed goaltending monster, sharing time with Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev. At 37, Lundqvist is on the back end of a great career, but his contract means he'll be paid by the Rangers for another full season.
Lundqvist will defend the net Saturday in Detroit, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Lundqvist surrendered five goals in his last start Jan. 11 versus St. Louis and has allowed a combined nine between his last two outings. The veteran netminder owns a .907 save percentage that matches last season's, marking the two worst of his career. He's certainly no longer the Rangers' workhorse between the pipes but could return to the win column Saturday versus a Red Wings team that's averaging a league-worst 2.15 goals per game on home ice.
Lundqvist gave up five goals on 29 shots Saturday in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis.
The veteran drew a tough assignment after watching Alexandar Georgiev from the bench for three straight games and it wasn't pretty. Lundqvist has dropped back-to-back road starts while allowing nine goals in those games, and he's yielded four or more goals in three of his last four starts. He's 9-10-1 on the season with a 3.18 GAA and .907 save percentage.
Lundqvist will guard the goal Saturday in St. Louis.
Lundqvist has ceded the starting duties to Alexandar Georgiev each of the last three games but will get back on the saddle Saturday as he looks to uneven his 9-9-3 season record with a win. It certainly won't be easy, as the veteran netminder will be taking on a Blues team sporting a plus-21 goal differential at home.
Lundqvist is under the weather and won't start Saturday's clash with Vancouver, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
The Rangers haven't called up a player from the minors, so it seems Lundqvist will at least be healthy enough to serve as the backup behind Alexandar Georgiev. The two netminders should continue to split the workload heading into the back half of the season with no certainty regarding who will get the nod if the Rangers make the postseason.
Lundqvist surrendered four goals on 29 shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Flames.
The Rangers' defense didn't do King Henrik any favors, allowing two breakaway goals, including one while they were on a two-man advantage. Lundqvist fell to 9-9-3 with a 3.10 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 24 games this season. Alexandar Georgiev will likely finish off the Western Canada swing with a start Saturday in Vancouver.
Lundqvist will tend the road twine in Thursday's matchup against the Flames, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Lundqvist had a rocky December. He posted a 2-3-1 record and a .909 save percentage, while Alexandar Georgiev was afforded more starts. The King will get the first nod of 2020, though, and he'll face a Calgary team that is in a bit of a cold spell. The Flames have lost six of their last eight games and averaged 2.4 goals per contest in that span.
Lundqvist made six saves in 24:18 in relief of Alexandar Georgiev during Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Oilers.
Lundqvist's perfect relief effort allowed the Rangers to mount a five-goal rally that fell just short of a historic comeback. The Swede's GAA shrunk to 3.05 while his save percentage remained at .911 in 23 appearances. Expect Lundqvist to get a start Thursday in Calgary given Georgiev's recent struggles.
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