Artemi Panarin, Adam Fox
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The New York Rangers stole two points from the Carolina Hurricanes as Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves in a 4-2 win Thursday night.

New York Rangers 4
Goals: Panarin (8), Lemieux (1) PP, Buchnevich (3), Fox (2)
Carolina Hurricanes 2
Goals: Hamilton (7), Aho (6)
Game Boxscore: Final
Venue: PNC Arena

The King is back. Long Live the King.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist put on a goaltending clinic against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. The Blueshirts won the game 4-2 and with most of the credit going to Lundqvist, who made 41 saves, plenty of which were of the high-quality status.

In the first period, the Hurricanes registered 22 shots at the Rangers goaltender, but the period ended with New York leading 1-0 lead. Artemi Panarin scored his eighth of the year with just 28 seconds left in the stanza.

Lundqvist had kept the Hurricanes off the scoreboard, even though they dominated a majority of the game until Dougie Hamilton was finally able to get the puck behind the Rangers netminder. It took 31 shots against the King until the Canes finally were able to tie the game at 1-1.

The Rangers kept their heads up and before the period ended scored again to take 2-1 lead when Brendan Lemieux scored his first of the year on the power play.

As the third period began, the Carolina Hurricanes put up an incredible 70 shot attempts against Lundqvist and the Rangers. That includes shots blocked, shots that went wide of the net and shots on goals. An incredible demonstration of offensive prowl, but the Rangers were the ones to the next goal.

Pavel Buchnevich scored an unassisted goal to give the Blueshirts a 3-1 lead. Carolina made it close when Sebastian Aho scored to make the game close at 3-2.

Rookie Adam Fox scored an empty netter to close out the win for the Blueshirts 4-2.

The Rangers swept the back-to-back contests the last two nights.

Henrik Lundqvist, with his 45 saves on Thursday night, has proven he is not done being the leader of this team. Two wins in two nights. Perhaps head coach David Quinn might have an idea of what buttons to push to get his guys to play well.

Panarin gives the Rangers a 1-0 lead:

Brendan Lemieux deflects the puck past Petr Mrazek to put the Rangers back ahead:

Buchneviuch does it by himself:

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