Henrik Lundqvist didn’t look a day older than 35. Or is that 25? For on the day this birthday boy would have blown out 35 candles on his cake, the King provided all of the icing on top of the Rangers’ 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Thursday with a vintage performance.

“Someone asked me the other day what I wanted for my birthday and I said, ‘I don’t know; nothing.’ But then, today, all I wanted was to win; to play my best,” Lundqvist said after a 32-save performance in which he made a series of dazzling stops through the opening eight minutes of a game that was scoreless through two periods. “It was a really challenging game, especially at the start.

“I don’t think we were ready to play in the first, but we didn’t get hurt. We came in here and regrouped. For me, you have to stay in the moment and not overthink it, just go shot by shot. You know it’s not going to last forever, so you try to be there when your team struggles.

“You try to be the difference.”

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