Looking like he was made for this moment, in this place, Henrik Lundqvist stood at a podium in the bowels of Yankee Stadium, this $1 billion cathedral to pomposity, his cuff links shined, vest buttoned, maroon striped tie matched with a pocket square, smiling.

The face of the Rangers franchise and the backstop between their pipes had just completed a sweep of this Stadium Series, a 2-1 win over the Islanders on Wednesday night in front of 50,027 who braved the frigid temperature to watch a performance of his that will resonate not just through this small little segment of the schedule, but moving forward as the Blueshirts start to find themselves in the midst of a season that might mean something after all.

“We want to win these games to be able to look back at in a couple years, a couple months, whatever, and just have a smile on your face instead of thinking about the mistakes or a loss or whatever,” said Lundqvist, who finished with 30 saves as an encore to his team’s 7-3 drubbing of the Devils out in the snowy Bronx conditions on Sunday afternoon. “Now, it’s two days that I will remember for the rest of my life. Overall, just a great experience for all of us.”

Overall, for the Rangers (29-23-2) what this means is four points over Metropolitan division teams, four important points as the two-week Olympic break nears. They are 8-3-1 in their past 14, vaulted three points clear of the Flyers for second and, well, 15 back of the first-place Penguins.

But you have to start somewhere, no?

“I don’t pay a lot of attention to the status that we’re in,” said coach Alain Vigneault, whose team got the game-winner 4:36 into the third when fourth-liner Dan Carcillo banged in a rebound. “We’re in a one game, one-game-at-a-time mentality. We’re trying to win our share of games and that’s not going to change.”