Lundqvist Regaining Top Form
This was more than apparent last night in his team's 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. In his third shutout victory of the season. Lundqvist made 38 saves, including several big ones in the third period to preserve the shutout.
While Lundqvist's game appeared to be back in good form several times this season, his recent play suggests that it might be here to stay for the rest of the season. There are several signs that point to this.
For starters, Lundqvist is now making the big saves when his team needs it the most. In his shutout over the Red Wings, Lundqvist made 13 saves in the final period, many of the high-quality variety, to give his team a chance to get a goal and to give himself a chance to pick-up his 16th victory of the season.
For much of this season, this has not been the case for Lundqvist. There have been several games this season where he would allow a soft goal at a crucial time or would be unable to come up with the big stop to preserve a lead or victory.
Secondly, Lundqvist is back to playing a style that he is most comfortable in. Lundqvist is a goaltender that likes to play deep in his crease and rely on patience to make the save, which he has shown a lot of over the last two weeks or so.
When Lundqvist was off his game, his play was a bit too aggressive and he often found himself out of position for many goals against. It was a case of Lundqvist trying to do too much to get his game back to where he wanted it to be.
Another sign that Lundqvist is on top of his game is the fact that he really gets involved out on the ice in helping out his defensemen. Over the last two weeks, Lundqvist has made it a point to do a much better job of playing the puck, which has made life much easier on the team's defensive corps.
Lastly, Lundqvist's confidence appears to be back. He is not allowing as many soft goals, he is in position to make not only the first save, but second and third saves as well, and he is starting to be the team's best player on a nightly basis.
If Lundqvist can keep up his fine play, the Rangers are going to be a really tough team to play against at the most important time of the season.