Although Henrik Lundqvist has been stable for the past few months, he has been sitting on the bench. The reason? Goalie colleague Alexandar Georgiev - who is in brilliant form right now.
Against Las Vegas tonight, it was the Russian who kept the visitors still 0-0 after the first ten minutes of the match. The home team roared offensively and stormed forward repeatedly for a management goal.
In total, Georgiev saved 38 shots - and held his second zero in a week.
- I do not know if anything particularly changed in my game, I have made some small corrections here and there but mostly cleared my mind and made sure to be focused, Alexandar Georgiev tells the media after the match.
After Vegas's spike start, the New York Rangers could eat into the game. Despite an occasional even play, the visitors were terribly efficient and eventually won by 5-0. Afterwards, the goalkeeper hero paid tribute to the atmosphere in the hall.
- I like being in this hall, it's like playing matches at a nightclub, he says.
Jesper Fast scored the 4-0 goal in the second period and in the final period Mika Zibanejad set the final score to 5-0. It was the Swedes' fourth and seventh goals for the season respectively.