Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/15/12
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Even Devils star Martin Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and the winningest goaltender in NHL history, acknowledged before the Eastern Conference finals began that Henrik Lundqvist is the "top goalie in the NHL." Whether that was simply gamesmanship or not from the proven playoff performer, Lundqvist seemed impervious to the pressure of that mantel with a 21-save performance in the Rangers' 3-0 win in Game 1 over Brodeur and New Jersey on Monday night in New York. "Every time you play against great players, it's exciting," Lundqvist said after his fifth career postseason blanking. "Coming into the league, playing against Marty, growing up (in Sweden) he was already a big guy over here, a big name. "So, of course, it's inspiring and exciting play against top guys. It always is. It's always been fun. It's a great challenge for me to play against him." The play of the two star goalies figures to be the key to this series between the two local rivals, with a chance to...
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