WHAT IT MEANS: Rick who? Henrik Lundqvist made 13 saves to earn his eighth shut out of the season -- 43rd of his career -- and became the first goaltender in NHL history to record seven straight 30-win seasons to start his career, and the defensive-minded Rangers blanked the Devils, 2-0, on Monday at the Garden, snapping New Jersey’s seven-game road winning streak.
The Rangers have now beaten the Devils 100 times in their history, and moved 12 points ahead of New Jersey in the standings. The Rangers, who improved to 21-7-2 at home, gave up a season-low 13 shots -- including just three in the third period. Lundqvist kept his shutout intact by robbing Ilya Kovalchuk with a glove save with 2:26 left in the final frame. Captain Ryan Callahan finished the Devils off with an empty-netter with 1:06 remaining.
STRIKING FIRST: Carl Hagelin’s 11th goal of the season gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 16:59 of the opening period. Stationed in front, the rookie winger took a pass from Callahan behind the net and beat Martin Brodeur shortside for his fifth point in his last six games.
STRONG STATS: The Rangers are 29-1-2 when scoring first and 25-0-2 when leading after two periods.
MR. PIM: David Clarkson spent 19 minutes in the penalty box. He received a 10-minute misconduct, a five-minute fighting major and two minors.
VOLCHING: Anton Volchenkov saved a goal in the second period when he got in front of a Derek Stepan shot and proceeded to cover the puck.
DEAD-LINE: The Devils made their big splash prior to Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline when they landed Marek Zidlicky from Minnesota. The Rangers tried to make a big splash of their own, but weren’t willing to meet the Blue Jackets’ steep demands for Rick Nash, so they settled on bolstering their depth with the addition of 6-foot-8, 258-pound hybrid forward/defenseman John Scott from Chicago.
UP NEXT: Rangers at Hurricanes, Thursday night, 7 p.m.; Devils at Bruins, Thursday night, 7 p.m.