New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist’s top five saves of 2016-17

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Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes the save on Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek (62) in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

5.) Save on Thomas Vanek Against Red Wings

It was the final season at Joe Louis Arena for the Detroit Red Wings, and at a crucial point in the season they had struggled. For the first time in 24 years they didn’t make the playoffs, and Lundqvist had something to do with it.

On January 22nd, 2017, Lundqvist and the Rangers shut out the Red Wings 1-0 on a J.T. Miller goal. However, if it wasn’t for the save by Lundqvist at 2:30 of the first period (1:03 in the video), the game could have ended much differently.

This type of save was performed by Lundqvist a few times during the season, and make no mistake, none of them were easy. However, this save was one of his best because it shows his true athleticism and speed in getting across the crease and staying with Vanek to prevent a goal. (And Tomas Vanek is no stranger to being robbed by Lundqvist.)