Henrik Lundqvist is a three-time finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. There were no questions or prodding necessary coming into this season to determine whether he was elite.

As Lundqvist's spectacular seventh season for the Rangers continues — his latest gem an NHL-leading seventh shutout with 42 saves in Tuesday's 3-0 win at Boston — teammate Brad Richards has come to a conclusion.

"He's the best goalie in the world right now in my opinion," Richards said after yesterday's practice. "We feed off Hank. Some of the big saves he makes, some of the saves, just night in and night out, we're probably getting a little spoiled."