TORONTO (Reuters) - New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves to earn his 25th career shutout in a 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday.
The Maple Leafs were also beaten 2-0 by the Boston Bruins Thursday, and have now lost five of their last six games.
“It’s always fun to have a shutout” said Lundqvist. “It’s a good feeling to accomplish something like that with the guys here. They played a big part of it.”
The Rangers, who were playing their third game in four days, showed early signs of fatigue but a backhand goal in the first period by Brian Boyle gave them an early lead that was extended in the second period with a penalty shot goal by Ryan Callahan.
“We started off slow, and I was a little bit concerned early on,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said.
“But we got our legs going and then we did a really good job of playing a simple game and just grinding, because it was a tired team.”
Callahan had earned the penalty shot when he was tripped by the defense and was one on one with Maple Leafs goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
He converted the penalty shot, and scored for the fourth successive game, when he faked Giguere to his forehand before snapping a low shot into the net. It was also his fourth goal of the season.
“Confidence is a big thing in this game,” Callahan said.
“When the puck’s going in for you, and you’re getting points, it rises. I’m just going to try to ride it out for as long as I can.”
Lundqvist was aided by his teammates, who blocked 35 shots, while Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski hit the post with less than five minutes remaining in the third period.
Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Greg Stutchbury