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Henrik Lundqvist sets Rangers franchise record with 302nd win

Henrik Lundqvist got his 302nd win as a Ranger to pass Mike Richter's wins record. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)Henrik Lundqvist passed Rangers legend Mike Richter on the franchise wins list. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

By Nick Stoico

The New York Rangers' struggling offense exploded in an 8-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night, but the big story was Henrik Lundqvist becoming the winningest goalie in the 90-plus year history of the storied franchise with his 302nd career win.

Not bad for a seventh-round draft pick.

The 32-year-old Lundqvist, who is in his ninth year with the Rangers, broke Mike Richter's mark that was set during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer's 14-year tenure with New York (1989-2003).

Lundqvist discussed the honor of reaching this milestone in his post-game press conference Tuesday night. "I don't know what to say, it's been a great ride so far," he said.

After the game, Richter offered his praise of Lundqvist and his thoughts on having the record reset.

Since the start of his NHL career with the Rangers in 2005-06, Lundqvist has led the Blueshirts to the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons. His best campaign was in 2011-12, when he won 39 games and helped New York reach the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost a best-of-seven series to the New Jersey Devils.

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