Rangers' dynamic duo carries load

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

NEW YORK -- There are two basic reasons for the success of the New York Rangers this season. Jaromir Jagr puts the puck in at one end and Henrik Lundqvist keeps it out at the other.

When the latter was asked about the former, he affected disdain. "It was just a normal night for him," he said.

"He always says that," laughed Jagr.

Even though Jagr's heroics gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead that they nursed to a 5-2 victory, Lundqvist had to make some great saves.

But to use his own quote, it was just a normal night for him.

All season long, he has shut the door when the Rangers needed it the most, just as he did for Sweden on the road to their Olympic gold medal last month.

The best example last night came when Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin was all alone in front of him and Lundqvist made the save.

"Usually, I don't know who's coming," Lundqvist said. "But this was Mats. I know Mats. I saw him. he's so big."

Lundqvist's backup on that Swedish gold-medal team was the guy at the other end of the rink last night, the Leafs' Mikael Tellqvist.

Lundqvist made a point of not talking to him before the game but he knew he was there.

Some goalies look at their opponent and focus on beating him. Lundqvist is not one of them.

"I just try to focus on my game," he said. "I just think to myself that I want to win (the game). It doesn't matter who I'm playing. I just want to win.

"But it was special tonight to play against a Swede. It's not that common that two Swedes play against each other in the NHL. I can't remember the last time I did that."


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