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Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Blank Toronto Maple Leafs, End 2-Game Skid

Lundqvist stood on his head against the Leafs Saturday night.
Lundqvist stood on his head against the Leafs Saturday night.Al Bello/Getty Images
John TaboneCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2010

Tonight marked Henrik Lundqvist's first shutout of the 2010-2011 NHL season and it was a well-deserved one at that.

Big Brian Boyle scored his fourth goal of the season off of a beautiful backhand (his third against the Leafs) and Ryan Callahan continued his goal-scoring streak to four games after scoring on a penalty shot giving him four goals and seven assists in nine games. 

Lundqvist played a spectacular game stopping 36 shots. The Swedish netminder has been well above average the past few games after having a rocky start to the season.

Girardi played one of his best games this season notching an assist and blocking four shots (the Rangers blocked an enormous 37 shots tonight). Many were worried that the young defenseman was overpaid this offseason. However, Girardi, who is now second in the league in blocked shots, has earned every dollar so far.

Last year the Rangers' biggest problem was offense. Now, surprisingly, the source of the problem can be found on the blue line. Staal has been having an on-and-off season so far, Del Zotto is going through a sophomore slump and behind the surprising Rozsival and Girardi, the defense is looking shoddy at best.

Gilroy isn't panning out and Eminger is very inconsistent. As a Rangers fan, I've been bothered that Mike Sauer hasn't played in a few games. The kid is a solid stay-at-home defenseman and can really help Henrik out. 

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