As I will mention in the column, Henrik Lundqvist tied Jacques Plante for seventh all-time in wins at 437 on Monday night. His next level is only eight away as Terry Sawchuk is at 445.
The last time I remember seeing Plante was outside a café in Davos, Switzerland in late December, 1985. He looked pretty sick and he was as he died just two months later. He had an amazing career and was the second-last goalie to win the Hart Trophy (Dominik Hasek was the last to do so) and won seven Vezina Trophies.
He is so well known for being the first goalie in the modern era to wear a face mask. It happened in 1959 and before he retired, every goaltender was wearing one.
It is quite the accomplishment for Lundqvist to be tied with such a star, but Lundqvist is too and should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame once he has retired.
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NEW YORK RANGERS 2 VANCOUVER 1
Henrik Lundqvist won his 437th career game to tie him for seventh all-time with Jacques Plante as he stopped 25-of-26 shots to lead the Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Canucks.
Lundqvist was sharp all game and allowed only a second period goal by Nikolay Goldobin to beat him.
After a scoreless first period, the Rangers went on the power play when Goldobin took a minor for hooking Lias Andersson. New York was unable to score and when the penalty ended, Goldobin came out of the box, grabbed the puck in the neutral zone, came in and beat Lundqvist.
The Rangers tied it as they finally scored on the power play when Filip Chytil scored his first of the season. He was the Rangers second first round pick in 2017 as he went 21st overall after New York selected Andersson at seven.
The score remained even heading into the third and New York won it when Brett Howden scored his fourth of the season at the 11:19 mark of the third as he beat Jacob Markstrom. Howden was part of the Ryan McDonagh-J.T. Miller trade near the trade deadline last season.
Markstrom was stellar in the Vancouver cage as he also made 25 saves.
CAROLINA 3 CHICAGO 2 (Overtime)
It was Ward’s first game back in Carolina after a lengthy 13-year career as a member of the Hurricanes. Ward left as a UFA at the end of last season. He made 37 saves but it was not enough for the victory. Ward led the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in his rookie season but Carolina made the playoffs only one more time in his career.
The Blackhawks got off to a 1-0 lead in the first as Jonathan Toews scored his ninth of the season. They made it 2-0 in the second when Alex DeBrincat also scored his ninth but that was all she wrote for the Blackhawks as far as the scoresheet went.
Teuvo Teravainen cut the lead in half as he scored on the power play with Aho garnering his 17th assist of the season. Just 1:06 later, Micheal Ferland scored on the power play to tie the game up. It was his ninth of the season.
There was no scoring in the third and Aho won it with his fifth of the season as well as his 22nd point.
Scott Darling won his second straight game to give him a 2-2-1 mark with a 2.79 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Andrei Svechnikov had two assists.
COLUMBUS 2 DALLAS 1
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his eighth goal of the season in the third period and it held up as the game winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets went into Dallas and emerged victorious in a 2-1 win over the Stars.
Sergei Bobrovsky continued his stellar play of late as he turned aside 26-of-27 shots for his third straight win as he evened his record at 6-6-0. Bobrovsky has given up only one goal in five of his last six games and has made 168 saves on 177 shots.
Cam Atkinson, who also had an assist on the game winner, opened the scoring at the 1:29 mark of the second as he scored on the power play.
The Stars tied it up with only 1:40 left in the second as Alexander Radulov, who returned to action on Monday after missing 10 of the Stars previous 11 games, scored his sixth of the season. He has 12 points in eight games this season.
Anton Khudobin picked up the start for Dallas and played a strong game as he made 26 saves but took the loss.
Devin Shore suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return.
ANAHEIM 2 NASHVILLE 1 (Shootout)
Rickard Rakell scored the winner in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks picked up their seventh win of the season in a 2-1 win over Nashville.
John Gibson was outstanding in net as he stopped 34 shots as well as three-of-four in the shootout. He is 6-6-3 this season with a .931 save percentage.
There was no scoring in the first, and as a matter of fact, there was not a goal until 30 seconds were left in the second as Ryan Getzlaf scored his fourth of the season as he deflected a Rakell shot past Gibson.
The Predators tied it up early in the third as Kevin Fiala put in his second of the season.
Notes: The Senators recalled Drake Batherson from the minors. He had seven goals and 20 points in 14 AHL games this season. They stole him in the fourth round in 2017 and he starred for Team Canada at the World Juniors last season, picking up seven goals in seven games for the Gold Medalists…Pavel Buchnevich is out four-six weeks with a broken thumb…Shea Weber practiced with the Canadiens for the first time this season as he attempts to return from off-season knee surgery. He is expected to return to action around Christmas…Viktor Arvidsson is on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury suffered Saturday…The Kings can’t get a break in net as far as meniscus tears are concerned. First Jonathan Quick goes down with the tear that required surgery on November 1 and now Jack Campbell has a torn meniscus and is expected to be out four-six weeks. Peter Budaj and Cal Petersen will be the Kings goaltending tandem for now but that was expected to be the combination for the Ontario Reign and not the Kings…David Pastrnak was the first star of the week while Blake Wheeler was the second and Claude Giroux the third.