Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist set a National Hockey League record with his fifth consecutive victory in a playoff game number-seven, stopping 35 of 36 shots Tuesday night as New York defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the deciding game of an Eastern Conference semifinal series played at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
New York’s third straight win completed the Rangers’ first-ever comeback from a 3-games-to-1 deficit. Lundqvist made 102 saves in 105 opportunities over the span of those three games.
Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored Tuesday for the Rangers, who recorded only 20 shots-on-goal. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was credited with 18 saves.
Jussi Jokinen, who led Pittsburgh with seven goals in this year’s post-season play, tallied the only Penguins score Tuesday. The Pens are now 2-7 in seventh games played at home.
The Rangers will go on to the conference finals where they will meet the winner of the Boston-Montreal series, currently deadlocked at three games apiece. Game seven of that affair will be played Wednesday night in Boston.