Lundqvist gets 60th career shutout as Rangers rip Blues, 5-0
NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 35 saves for his 60th career shutout to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Jimmy Vesey had a goal and two assists, and Dan Girardi, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes also scored for New York, which has won seven of its first 10 games.
Chris Kreider, who missed the previous four games due to neck spasms, had two assists as 11 Rangers players recorded at least one point.
Jake Allen started in goal for St. Louis and allowed four goals on 19 shots until he was replaced by Carter Hutton after Zuccarello made it 4-0 with 7:05 remaining in the second. Hutton stopped eight of the nine shots he faced. The Blues lost for the third time in five games.
The Rangers led 2-0 after goals 1:34 apart midway through the first period. Giradi opened the scoring 9:37 in with a 4-on-4 goal at 9;37 as his shot ricocheted off the skate of the Blues’ Valdimir Tarasenko and bounced off the ice and past Allen’s glove side.
Vesey doubled the lead 1:34 later on the power play with his sixth of the season.
Vesey then doubled the lead on the power play as he skated down the slot and snapped a pass from Derek Stepan past Allen’s stick for his sixth of the season.
Nash scored his fifth of the season 6:18 into the second to extend the advantage to 3-0. Vesey began the sequence by intercepting Kevin Shattenkirk’s clearing pass in the neutral zone, then carried the puck into the offensive zone where he found Nash, who banked a shot off Allen from behind the net.
Zuccarello’s power play tap-in 6:37 later made it 4-0, and prompted Blues coach Ken Hitchcock to replace Allen with Hutton.
Hayes got one past Hutton 5:07 later as he finished a passing sequence with Vesey and J.T. Miller with his third of the season.
Lundqvist made sure the lead would hold up. The netminder, who entered the game with a .901 save percentage and 2.45 goals against average, wasn’t consistently tested by the Blues, but was strong when called upon and got his first shutout of the season. Lundqvist’s toughest save was a sprawling pad stop on Robby Fabbri late in the first period.
The Rangers entered the game leading the NHL in goals per game at 3.89 and were tied with Philadelphia for the most goals scored (35). The Blues came in fourth in goals allowed per game (2.22) and tied for fifth in total goals allowed (20).
New York finished the game 2 for 5 on the man advantage, while the Blues were unable to convert on their two chances.
NOTES: Blues D Jay Bouwmeester dressed in his 1,000th NHL game. He is 18th active player and the 307th in league history to reach the milestone. ... The Rangers scratched D Adam Clendening and C Oscar Lindberg. ... D Robert Bortuzzo, RW Ty Rattie and RW Scottie Upshall were scratched by the Blues. ... The game was the second of two regular season meetings between the teams. The Blues beat the Rangers 3-2 in St. Louis on Oct. 15. ... D Ryan McDonagh missed two shifts following a high stick from the Blues’ Patrik Berglund. ... According to the Rangers, New York’s 40 goals in its first 10 games marks the first time since 1992-93 that the team reached that mark.