New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist may have gotten the spotlight with his 300th career NHL win and 49th shutout following his 30-save performance in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. All three Ranger goals, however, were scored by former Boston College players Brian Boyle and Chris Kreider.
Boyle opened the scoring 5:14 into the matinee contest at Madison Square Garden with a turn-around wrist shot from the slot past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (Maine). The assists went to John Moore and Dominic Moore (Harvard).
Kreider made it 2-0 just 14 seconds into the third period when he tipped home a shot from the left point by Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin). Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) set up the play with a back pass to McDonagh.
The Badger duo combined again with Kreider with 7:49 remaining in regulation. Kreider, who won NCAA titles in both 2010 and 2012 at B.C., took a cross-ice feed from Stepan and wristed the puck past Howard from the left side.
The Rangers, who won the season series with Detroit, three games to none, are now 6-3-1 in their last 10 games overall. New York is also in second place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for the third and last playoff spot in the group.