It’s hard to think of another time this season when Henrik Lundqvist smiled quite like he did on Thursday night, easy and bright and full of confidence, his seat in the corner of the Rangers’ dressing room at the Garden again seeming to be his throne.

From underneath the Broadway Hat, it was Lundqvist, The King, as the star of the show, putting up 38 saves in a hard-earned 1-0 win over the Red Wings, his third shutout of the season and first since Oct. 31 against the Sabres.

It was one in which Lundqvist had no other choice but to shine, waiting just over 54 minutes until Mats Zuccarello dribbled one into the opposing net, less a singular play of brilliance more than it was the ugly yet effective karmic result of a game the Blueshirts deserved.

“The second half you could tell, as we got closer to the end, I think we both felt the next mistake was going to be the difference,” Lundqvist said. “And it was.”

When Zuccarello finished a nice give-and-go with Derick Brassard, he tried to make a cross-ice pass from in close that bounced off the stick of defenseman Brian Lashoff and just between the blocker of Jimmy Howard and the near post, a floating dribbler the only one of the Rangers’ 48 shots that was able to beat the Red Wings goaltender all night.