Before the Rangers could square off against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night, the team had some important business to take care of.
In a pregame ceremony, Henrik Lundqvist, the 15-year veteran and career-Ranger (he never played in a game for the Capitals after signing with them late in his career), saw his jersey number lifted up in the rafters at Madison Square Garden as the Rangers honored him by retiring his number.
And for the first time in two years, Lundqvist walked out onto the ice — draped in a blue carpet — to a roar of fans chanting “Henrik!”.
The man of the hour was also presented a framed display of 64 pucks, one for each shutout in his illustrious career, before finally giving a speech in front of a sold out crowd with his number -- a massive ’30’ -- behind him.
To top it all off, “The King”, accompanied by his wife and two daughters, performed the ceremonial puck drop.