Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers slip past the Wings in OT (Highlights)
Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime with right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Henrik Lundqvist has finally put his Joe Louis Arena blues behind him as he and his New York Rangers defeated the Red Wings 1-0 in overtime.

New York Rangers 1 (30-16-1, 61 pts)
Detroit Red Wings 0 (20-19-8, 48 pts)
NHL, Final, Box Score
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

Not only did Henrik Lundqvist conquer his Joe Louis Arena demons — having previously been winless at the soon-to-be-demolished stadium — he did it in grand style with a 1-0 overtime shutout on Sunday afternoon for the world to witness on NBC.

Both the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings played a bland, defensive brand of hockey that saw a scoreless game head into overtime. That was, until, Brady Skjei made one nice hustle play on the defensive end of the ice.

Skjei intercepted the pass and cleared it right to a cherry-picking Mats Zuccarello (who had previously fallen down). With J.T. Miller joining the rush while making it a clear 2-on-0 situation, Wings goalie Jared Coreau had no shot:

While beaten on that play, Coreau was excellent all day. He stopped all 18 regulation shots he faced.

Lundqvist stopped all 21 shots on his net and felt pretty good about the outcome considering his most recent struggles, via AP.

“The defense was really structured in front of me, and I was able to take advantage of that,” he said. “In these last two games, I’ve tried to keep the puck in front of me and stay patient. That’s what I had gotten away from.”

For the first time in awhile, Alain Vigneault‘s defense showcased a disciplined, structured style of play. While boring, this is the element New York has lacked for most of the season.

“The defense was really structured in front of me, and I was able to take advantage of that,” he said. “In these last two games, I’ve tried to keep the puck in front of me and stay patient. That’s what I had gotten away from.”

Both Thomas Vanek and Kevin Hayes were injured at some point during the first period and did not return.

Up next will be the Los Angeles Kings as the Rangers return to Madison Square Garden for a Monday night showdown.

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