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).
#NYR @HLundqvist30 is the new franchise all-time wins leader!!!! Congratulations Henrik! #Henrik302 pic.twitter.com/b79VIovWLV
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 19, 2014
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.