Every team we face from here on out, obviously they’re playoff-caliber teams, Pederson said. It’s going to be a dogfight each week. You can’t make the assignment errors and mistakes and expect to win a post-season game moving forward. We’ve got some work to do still in these next couple of weeks.
There are always two or three saves in every game that are game-changers. He just sticks to his instincts. Sticks to his positioning, said Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh of Lundqvist.
Lundqvist kept the game tied — and got help from his defense on a Sabres’ overtime 2-on-1 — until J.T. Miller ended it at 2:43 of OT after a Jacob Josefson tripping penalty gave the Rangers a power play.
The last seven or eight minutes, I know the next goal is going to be a winner, said Lundqvist. It’s going to be really hard to come back from that. So every chance we had or they had, everything was on the line.
That included a two important points in the Eastern Conference standings, as the Rangers moved past the Columbus Blue Jackets into third place in the Metro Division, with 47 points. But it also included permission to look back fondly at the 2018 Winter Classic.