This is no longer about finding time to get Henrik Lundqvist rest. This, rather, is about creating the opportunity for the Rangers' franchise goaltender to get back on top of his game.

"The last few weeks have been OK, I don't think I've been giving up bad goals, but I need to come up with more big saves to give us the chance to win," The King said after recording 22 saves in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs in going back-to-back for just the fourth time this season and first time since Feb. 11-12.

"I'm trying to push myself to be a little bit sharper where I can be the difference in games, because the difference really is so small."