Rangers' Hagelin and Lundqvist achieve exciting firsts in win over Jets

By Alyssa Ladzinski,
The New York Rangers beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2

Friday night's 4-2 victory for the New York Rangers over the Winnipeg Jets brought an abundance of excitement. Carl Hagelin got his first career hat trick while Henrik Lundqvist tied Mike Richter’s win record at 301 wins.

Hagelin proudly received the broadway hat due to the impressive skills he displayed during the game. Tied at 2-2, Hagelin received the puck from Martin St. Louis and was able to put it right in the net. The entire play took 7.8 seconds.

“I was going to go for a change, but I see him coming out of the box and going hard for the puck, and he just made one of those skill plays,” Hagelin said, according to The NY Daily News. “He plays the puck underneath the goalie’s stick.”

Lundqvist let two goals slide past him in the first period but later made some pretty big saves, including one against Michael Frolik, where his left pad acted as his saving grace. Even though the first period seemed to bring disappointment, Lundqvist was able to walk away with a tie for Mike Richter’s win record of 301 games.

“It’s kind of surreal to see yourself up there with him,” Lundqvist said. “I’m really excited and proud about it, and I hope I have a lot more to give.”

Chris Kreider lent a helping hand to the team by scoring one of the four goals of the night, as reported by the Associated Press.

Alain Vigneault decided to play around with the lines and ended with Brad Richards, Hagelin and Ondrej Pouliot on one, Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and St. Louis on another, and Derek Stepan, Kreider and Rick Nash together as well.

Friday’s game was particularly good to the Swedes of the team.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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