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Down goes Lundqvist?

The Free Press's Helene St. James, writing for USA Today, reports that Team Sweden suffered from a friendly fire incident at today's pratcice:

The Swedes have a joke about defenseman Erik Karlsson: He has one speed, and that's wrecking ball.

They are on him about slowing down in practice, though, because Monday morning at Bolshoy Training Rink, Karlsson knocked down star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist giving chase to Loui Eriksson, and wiped out star scorer Daniel Alfredsson.

"That's a tough thing," Alfredsson said, "because he really wanted to catch Loui on the breakaway and threw himself down, and Henrik was trying to make the save, and they just pummeled each other. We can laugh at it now because it wasn't too serious, but it gave everybody a big scare."

St. James continues, and the Canadians and Americans are speaking to the media at the time I'm writing this (3:48 AM)...

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Brooks: Henrik Lundqvist among many athletes asking their families to cheer Olympics from afar

The New York Post's Larry Brooks ponders the fates of Ryan Callahan, Thomas Vanek and Marian Gaborik in his weekly notebook, but the part that caught my attention involves an issue regarding which Sweden's starting goaltender at Sochi Olympics and Team Canada's coach are in complete agreement:

Team Sweden’s security blanket that goes by the name of Henrik Lundqvist has concerns over security in Sochi, but that’s not the only reason the royal family won’t be accompanying the King to the Olympics.

“It is a few different things,” Lundqvist told Slap Shots on Friday night. “Security is one of them, but I don’t know how things are going to be set up for families over there. So I’m not going to have anyone there with me. I think it is better that way.”

The NHLPA has not issued any broad-based advisories to its membership, and there is no unanimity on the matter, but several agents and players have said the union, citing a lack of suitable hotels and accommodations outside of the Olympic compound where the players will be housed, is recommending families don’t make the trip.

When Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with our local NBC affiliate regarding bringing his family to Sochi versus bringing his family to Vancouver, he cited the distance, language, culture and the difficulties in coordinating familial activities half a world away.

Brooks continues, and I'm guessing that Lundqvist and Babcock aren't alone in choosing to ask their families to cheer from home...

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Report- Lundqvist Extension Coming

 

added 10:02am,

 

added 11:20am, Larry Brooks on the contract extension.

added 12:41pm, Official release of the signing is below...

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Video- Lundqvist Talks About His Injury Without Saying What It Is

During the five minute post-practice media scrum, Lundqvist says he is not sure if he will be ready to play on Saturday and states he suffered the injury in the 2nd game of the season.

 

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Focus Has Been An Issue For Lundqvist

from Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork,

He surrendered two shaky goals in the first period -- Andrei Loktionov buried a rebound five-hole at 7:22; Adam Henrique beat him from the left faceoff circle later in the frame -- and didn't even remotely resemble the same player that was aggressive in turning away all 22 shots in a shutout performance against the Capitals on Wednesday.

In fact, he hasn't really resembled his former Vezina Trophy-winning self all season, though it's still early. The stretch is unlike any other in recent memory for Lundqvist, and it's cause for concern.

In seven appearances this season, Lundqvist has given up 20 goals for a 3.45 goals-against average and an .890 save percentage.

"I don't want to over-analyze it. There are a few things I need to work on, but I think mostly it's the way I focus," he said. "When I play well, my focus is really crisp and I'm making good decisions. I feel like right now, it's a little up and down in how well I make decisions out there."

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Lundqvist On Contract Talks

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Lundqvist, who will turn 32 in early March, characterized the talks between his camp and management as in, “the early stages.” The fact is that there has been little, if any, bargaining between the parties. The goaltender is entering the final season of the six-year, $41.25 million contract he signed in February of 2008.

His current $6.875 million cap hit is third among NHL goaltenders behind Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Boston’s Tuukka Rask, both of whom are in at $7 million per. Lundqvist is 24th in the league in average salary and second on the Rangers behind Rick Nash’s $7.8 million per. It is likely that the King will earn between $8.25 and $9.5 million on an eight-year max contract.

But in order to reach an agreement, the parties will have to do some actual negotiating. Lundqvist said that he will decide at the end of training camp whether to allow talks to continue during the season.

“Ideally, of course it would be nice to have everything in place by the time the season starts [on Oct. 3], but at the same time, it’s not a must,” Lundqvist said. “My agent [Don Meehan] is going to be handling it all until I have to be involved at the end, so I am going to be able to focus mentally on playing without the contract being a distraction.

“I have kind of downplayed this since the end of last season because I didn’t want to put pressure on myself or the Rangers to have it done by now. The most important thing is that we’re talking,” said the goaltender.

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Video- Henrik Lundqvist With The Leg Save

Perhaps the best save I have seen all year.

Lundqvist, even though out of position, finds the puck and is able to get his leg out to make a great save.  The overhead camera at the end of the video is the best angle to see exactly what Lundqvist did.

 

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Video- A Look At Henrik Lundqvist

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC interviewed Lundqvist and friends for this five minute Inside Hockey piece.

 

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Video- Save Of The Night By Lundqvist

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Evening Line

 

 

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Lundqvist Joins Ovechkin At IMG

from IMG,

IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, announced today (July 23rd) that it has signed the popular NHL New York Rangers All-Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist exclusively for representation in marketing, speaking and broadcasting.

This past season, the 30-year-old Swedish born Lundqvist won his first Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s best goaltender, became the only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons, led the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals and was named First Team NHL All-Star.

“Henrik is a very special athlete and we are honored that he has selected IMG to manage the business side of his incredibly successful NHL career,” said Sandy Montag, Senior Corporate Vice President, Managing Director of Clients at IMG. “His reputation far exceeds the boundaries of hockey and his potential off the ice is as great as his accomplishments on it.  He helped Sweden win Olympic Gold in 2006 and has established himself as one of the all time New York Rangers greats. He’s a genuinely terrific human being whose interests from rock and roll to fashion and now fatherhood have made him popular in New York and around the world.”

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Video- Lundqvist’s Remarks Post-Game

Henrik Lundqvist was upset with the controversial late goal by the Senators last night and spoke about it post-game.

I don’t know about you, but my feelings are the Rangers won the game, brush the goal off and move on.

Instead, Lundqvist went in the opposite direction.

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Lundqvist Ready For A Playoff Run

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

What we have here is a team with a realistic chance of winning its first Stanley Cup in 18 years and second in 72 years with the playoffs beginning tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden with Game 1 of the opening round against the Senators.

We have a team of blue collar laborers proud of that identity led by royalty in nets who, truth be told, is a Black-and-Blueshirt at heart and who is fit for a hard hat every bit as much for a crown.

“My game has always been about battling, first,” The King told The Post last week in Pittsburgh. “It has always been about competing.

“It’s always been about doing everything I could to win.”

The King, the nickname I bestowed upon the goaltender in the game story that followed his fourth NHL start and first shutout in October 2005 — “He is King Henrik of Sweden,” I remember writing as if it were yesterday, so apparent were his world-class skills—is everywhere these days, the name above the title on the Broadway marquee.

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Video-  Henrik Lundqvist Shoot For Sports Illustrated Cover

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Lundqvist Appears On “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” Tonight

from Melissa Hoppert of Slap Shot at the NYT,

Goaltender Henrik Lunqvist, who has steadily guided the Rangers to first place in the Eastern Conference this season, will be showcased on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” when it airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

The segment titled “King Henrik” opens with footage of Lundqvist’s recent gig at the Canal Room with his band, The Noise Upstairs, and its special guest, the tennis great John McEnroe. It delves into Lundqvist’s guitar-playing, his impeccable taste, good looks, beautiful wife, and, of course, his athletic gift.

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You’re The Tops Henrik Lundqvist

from Barbara Barker of Newsday,

His hair is perfect, his tuxedo is beautiful and his manners are flawless. All of which is proving to be a serious liability to Henrik Lundqvist as he tries to move across the room to a blackjack table at a benefit for the Garden of Dreams Foundation in Midtown Manhattan.

Men, women and cameras block him at every turn. Everyone wants just one quick picture with the Rangers goalkeeper. While many New Yorkers would be hard-pressed to place Lundqvist’s famous-looking face—he does spend his working day wearing a white plastic mask, after all—this is a hockey crowd. And to them, Lundqvist is a rock star. “He is a really good-looking guy,” says one fan in a suit as he pushes his giggling girlfriend at Lundqvist so he can photograph them together.

Eventually a public relations person comes to save The King. Lundqvist makes it over to the blackjack table, only to pose for more pictures. The whole scene seems to underscore one fact about Lundqvist: If he played any other major sport, this would be his everyday life. If he didn’t play a sport in which his entire body was encased in pads and plastic, he wouldn’t be able to walk down the street outside his restaurant in TriBeCa without anyone recognizing him. He would be a Derek Jeter or a Carmelo Anthony or Eli Manning.

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Lundqvist Has the Game For A Long Playoff Run

Kelly Hrudey of CBC answers and email,

Goalies are vital in a playoff run.  What does it take to be the goalie who will excel under the pressure of a playoff run.  Do you see anyone like that this year?

There is so much that goes into playing the position of goalie. While growing up, all the goalies in the NHL separated themselves from the competition by being better in two areas: technique and mental toughness.

All through amateur hockey you see a lot of goalies with only one of those qualities but not the combination….

More than anything, it’s who’s better at not getting distracted with negative thoughts during a game and a series.

For those reasons I’m really looking to Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers to excel in these playoffs. He has grown so much in the last few years and I think the previous playoff losses will have helped him manage his emotions during the course of a series.

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Can Lundqvist Be What Brodeur Was?

from Johnette Howard of ESPN New York,

They are the best New York sports story going in the city other than Linsanity, and yet they haven’t captured the city’s imagination the way they’re going to if Henrik Lundqvist can just keep his pace up. But whether he can is the question on which the Rangers’ Stanley Cup hopes pivot. Because unlike the 39-year-old master facing him at the other end of the ice Tuesday night—Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur—Lundqvist, now in his seventh NHL season, is still waiting to have the NHL postseason of his life.

And no athlete in New York is under more pressure to make sure 2012 is the season he comes through.

Carrying the Rangers deep in the playoffs is the last asterisk Lundqvist needs to remove from his career, and he need look no further than Brodeur for a blueprint on how a goaltender who stands on his head night after night can take a team from merely contending to having a victory parade.

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All Henrik Lundqvist

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Q.Henk, after the Rangers were eliminated in the first round last season you said that you felt your chance to win a Stanley Cup had become limited.

A.Yes, you do start to realize that your time is limited. I try to enjoy it at the same time — I realize I’m very lucky to be playing, and to be here in New York. But I realize, “O.K., I don’t have that many chances.” When you’re young you don’t think about your future. As you get older you start to realize you have to make the best of it. I was real disappointed last year. I was excited to be in the playoffs, but then it felt like we could have done better, starting with me. You always feel like you can play better.

So this summer I was anxious to see what’s going on. We had a lot of guys to sign. So it was big to see that we got most of the guys back, and then we signed Brad Richards. That was very exciting to see. I’m very excited about this year. There are a lot of things — the Europe trip, the Winter Classic, HBO, the home arena is a little different now too — a lot of things going on.

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The Case for Number One in Goal

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Determining a first overall pick in this year’s fantasy hockey drafts is anything but easy, but we probably know this much: the first overall pick won’t be a goalie. Yet a goalie is an important investment to fantasy hockey teams, since only two goalies can be responsible for four out of a team’s ten stat categories in many fantasy hockey leagues. The need for solid goaltending explains why many starting goalies can fly off the board early in fantasy hockey drafts.

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Lundqvist Keeping Rangers In The Series

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Lundqvist has started 29 straight games now for the Rangers. He will have all summer to rest. The Rangers need big plays at big moments from big players, like the one from Dubinsky—but their goaltender is their rock, their anchor, their foundation.

Their edge.

“Hank was great for us, like he always is,” said Vinny Prospal, who scored on a rebound in the third to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead that Mike Knuble’s score negated. “But we can’t expect him to do it by himself. We have to give him some support, too.”

Lundqvist is 29, finishing his sixth NHL season already. It seems like only yesterday that Jaromir Jagr looked to his right at training camp in 2005, saw the rookie out of Sweden who was supposed to be a backup in his first North American season that first year after the lockout, and announced, “We have a world-class goalie here.”

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Final Thoughts on Raleigh and All-Star Weekend

The intent of my trip to Raleigh for coverage of All-Star Weekend was simple: Get a feel for the experience from a professional perspective as well as monitor the pulse of the fans, chat up some players I don’t get to see all that often and also those I see on a regular basis in a different element, do some networking and, as Boss Man Paul continually reminded me to do throughout the weekend, have a little fun.

Looking back, that final component is exactly what I’ll remember most about the adventure and my guess is that most that attended All-Star Weekend – be they fans, players, media, league execs, sponsors or those belonging to some other miscellaneous category – would probably say the same thing.

Raleigh, as many others have opined before me, did a wonderful job as a host. The locals were as excited for the event as they were prepared, welcoming, happy and proud of their city, as well they should be. I’d never spent any significant time in these parts in the past but it will definitely be worth another stop in the future.

This being my first big league event, I had consulted with several people who have experienced something of this nature in the past in the weeks leading up to the trip and, while a few cautioned that an occasion of this magnitude could be slightly intimidating at times, I didn’t find that to be true at all for myself and I’m not sure many other first-timers would say otherwise. The vibe, from the moment I picked up my credentials on Friday morning, was light-hearted. At the same time, the entire operation throughout the weekend was first-class. Kudos to the NHL, the city of Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes for pulling everything off in fine fashion.

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Goalies Thomas, Ward Square Off in Fastest Skater + Quotes from the Red Carpet

I thought I was totally joking when I asked a couple of All-Star goalies how they would feel about a goaltender’s fastest skater competition. But last night’s first overall pick in the NHL’s inaugural All-Star Fantasy Draft, Carolina’s Cam Ward, let the cat out of the bag that tonight, my little joke would indeed become a reality as part of this year’s SuperSkills.

“Rumor is that I’m going to be doing that tonight,” Ward said. “I hope my legs don’t turn to jelly and I don’t bite it into the corner or anything like that.”

His opponent?

“I think I’m going up against Tim Thomas.”

Boston and Carolina fans have since endured some heart palpitations, I’m sure.

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Video- Impromptu Swedish Meeting

Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Lundqvist and referee Marcus Vinnerborg share a Swedish moment.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/01/10 - Plus Thoughts on Tampa’s Continued Hot Start and Stamkos Contract Talk

Perhaps you enjoyed a day of rest from NHL hockey yesterday. Or, more likely, you were angered, annoyed or even lost at some point last night, with not a shot on goal to be had anywhere. (Or maybe, even, you were like me: Incensed at an awful showing in your weekly football picks – and I mean awful – and left without the catharsis of switching to a different sport at day’s end, left only to the comfort of Dexter and his serial-killing ways… Whatever the case may be, we (or I, that is) have some catching up to do with JJ’s Three Cheers overdue from Friday and Saturday.

Now then, quickly, from Friday first:

***Cheers to Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien, whose transition back to defense has gone quite well in his new home. On Friday night, Byfuglien netted the O.T. winner in fantastic fashion for Atlanta, on an end-to-end rush reminiscent of legendary offensive defensemen of years gone by, to top Buffalo 4-3. (I’ll link it twice, actually, because you need to make sure you’ve seen this play.)

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Is A Princess Fit For A ‘King’?

from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

Apparently, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has to wait until the off-season to score.

Sorry.

Swedish tabloids are linking Lundqvist, a Swede, with his home country’s fetching young royal, Princess Madeleine. Or, as her friends know her, the Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.

The 27-year-old princess is embroiled in a tabloid disaster, after her long-time fiancé, lawyer Jonas Bergstrom, was outed after a one-nighter with a college student.

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“It’s So Empty And Disappointing Right Now”

The words of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after the game.

Lundqvist is followed by Gaborik and Drury in the video.

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Lundqvist Not Happy With A Goal He Gave Up Tonight

May be considered vulgar.

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With Lundqvist In Goal, Rangers Still In The Game

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s a good thing that Tortorella recognized that The King is as indispensable as it gets in this league, as important to his team as any player in the NHL, and that includes fellow royal court members Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

You know, it’s strange. Tortorella came to New York with a reputation for chewing up and spitting out goaltenders. But he’s been a softie with Lundqvist, careful with his words in appraising the goaltender’s play as if he recognizes that alienating The King is the last thing he could afford.

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Afternoon Line

“I think, as a goalie, you can’t think that you have to win.  You have to think, ‘Just play as good as you can and give your team a chance to win,’ because I can’t really effect how we play as a team or if we score or not. If I get too involved emotionally with how we do as a team, I’ll lose focus on my end, my job.”

-New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.  More on Lundqvist from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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96 Saves Combined- Brodeur (51) & Lundqvist (45) Battle It Out

Devils win 1-0 over the Rangers in a shootout.

In case you missed the game (Versus/Directv, you need to get this settled).

Game story by Dave Lozo of NHL.com.

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Lundqvist Nursing Lower-Body Injury

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Henrik Lundqvist has been scratched from his scheduled start here tonight against the Flames.

Head coach John Tortorella, who on Friday named The King as his goaltender, claimed he was simply, “giving Hank rest,” but the goaltender received extensive treatment in the medical room following the morning skate.

It is believed that Lundqvist is nursing a lower body injury; perhaps a sore groin.

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update 4:24pm, forget this story, I had a brain freeze and posted an outdated story.

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Lundqvist Out With Minor Injury

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

Less than 24 hours after coach John Tortorella declared that Henrik Lundqvist would start the final game of this three-game trip, he reversed gears and said backup Steve Valiquette would be in the nets for his second consecutive game. “Vally is going. It’s just rest for Hank,” was all Tortorella would say, but the Rangers No. 1 goalie is fighting a nagging injury.

        Lundqvist (8-5-1, 2.52 GAA) mentioned the other day that the ice pack on his “stiff” right upper thigh/groin was for something minor, and indeed, both goalies participated in the skate at the Saddledome and Valiquette left the ice first while Lundqvist chatted at center ice with Sean Avery and other players. In the dessing room, Lundqvist removed his equipment and disappeared for treatment for more than an hour. When he emerged he said that was pretty confident that he would play against Atlanta on Thursday, a nine-day layoff.

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Bad Goal Of The Night

Nicklas Backstrom from center ice scores on Henrik Lundqvist.

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Off The Ice

Don’t miss the newest episode of NHL Network’s ‘Off the Ice’ featuring Henrik Lundqvist, Niklas Backstrom, and Jonas Gustavsson.

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Goalies & Their Equipment

Henrik Lundqvist talks about his Bauer equipment.

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Lundqvist The Performer

Rangers forward Sean Avery opened a New York restaurant and bar earlier this summer, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was there to perform on the guitar.

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Lundqvist Must Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...And, most damaging, the goaltending was sub par. Coming off one of his sharpest efforts of the season, Henrik Lundqvist was pedestrian in nets, if that. He was shaky from the start when he committed a stick-handling gaffe that gave the Canadiens a freebie just 3:05 in.

“I thought I battled back after that bad first goal but giving up five obviously is not good enough,” said Lundqvist, who watched Montreal’s final goal, Robert Lang’s hat-trick score, sail into an empty net. “I thought the team played really well, but we can’t expect to win if I give up five goals.

“I have to play better than that. I was definitely not good enough.”

Lundqvist has allowed four goals or more in six of his last 11 starts after having surrendered that many in two of his first 24. He has yielded five or more goals in five of his last 17 starts after allowing that many in four of his previous 61. It’s a troubling trend, to say the least.

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Morning Line

“It was like an NHL team against a non-NHL team, we have a long way to go before we are a top team.”

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after losing to Montreal last night.  More on the Rangers from Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

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Lundqvist Had Enough

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Henrik Lunqvist pulled himself from the Rangers/Canucks game Wednesday after Vancouver scored it’s fifth goal, something he has done before.  Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the NHL, but what does that say to his teammates?  “I quit guys, good luck.”  Let your coach make the call.  No game is over these days, even at 5-1.  Claude Julien kept Manny Fernandez in after he gave up four first period goals against Buffalo, and the Bruins came back to win 7-4.

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Lundqvist Your Early Season MVP

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

The numbers are worthy of royalty: a league-leading seven wins, fourth in the NHL in goals-against-average, just .007 from third place in save percentage, and perfect in denying three shootout attempts.

He did all this while playing the most minutes of any goaltender in the league so far.

Crown Henrik Lundqvist the early season team MVP.

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All Henrik Lundqvist

from the New York Rangers,

Question: What does it mean for the Rangers to be playing NHL games on the European continent?

Lundqvist: I think it’s good for the game and for the league. We have a lot of fans in Europe. With the time difference in the U.S., sometimes it’s hard to follow it. But I mean now you can pretty much watch every NHL game. When I was growing up, you couldn’t watch the games that much. So, it’s definitely good.

Question: Will the games in Prague be emotional for you personally because you’ll playing in Europe?

Lundqvist: Well, maybe it would be if I played in my home in Sweden, especially in Gothenburg. Playing in Prague I think it’s going to be fun, but it’s not going to be the same feeling…

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Tough Season for Lundqvist

From Lynn Zinser at the New York Times,

In late December, the Rangers were in a midseason swoon and Lundqvist, their normally rock-solid goalie, was dealing with his father’s operation for a brain aneurysm in Sweden. The stress showed in his play.

“It was definitely a tough time,” Lundqvist said Monday after the N.H.L. named him one of three Vezina finalists. “You don’t really think when it happens that it affects you, but afterwards, when he started to recover, I thought back about those weeks after it happened and it was a really tough time. I think it affected me a little bit.”

While his father, Peter, has gone through a slow recovery, Lundqvist has bounced back to form on the ice. He finished the season strong, with 37 victories and a league-high 10 shutouts.

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Vezina Finalists Announced

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

In one corner is the mainstay, the ol’ reliable in New Jersey Devils’ dynamo Martin Brodeur. Last season, Brodeur captured his third Vezina Trophy in the last four seasons after setting an NHL record with 48 victories. This season he won 44 games.

In another corner, we have the element of surprise, the unlikely candidate in San Jose Sharks veteran Evgeni Nabokov. He has never been a Vezina finalist and had previously never played in more than 67 games in one season. Nabokov played in 77 this time around.

And finally, we have the rising star, the current and future “King” of New York in Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. This is Lundqvist’s third-straight season as a Vezina finalist, meaning he’s been in the final three in each of his three NHL seasons.

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How Weird

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Imagine Henrik Lundqvist’s surprise upon discovering that Martin Brodeur had been quoted in the Jan. 14, 2008, edition of Sports Illustrated as saying of the Rangers’ goaltender, “The way he plays is not something I like too much.

“Lundqvist is weird.”

“I have to tell you, I respect Marty a lot, and it’s always a great challenge for me to play against him, but I don’t know what to say about what he said about me,” a rather bemused Lundqvist told The Post yesterday.

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Rangers Hope Lundqvist Gets Hot

from the New York Times,

The Rangers hope giving him long-term security helps spur another hot stretch.

Lundqvist’s original contract expired after last season and he signed a one-year contract worth $4.25 million last summer so the Rangers could fit his long-term deal into their salary cap. The two sides could begin negotiating again after Jan. 1.

By then, Lundqvist had his father’s health weighing on his mind as well.

“Henrik is, in our minds, if not the best goaltender in the league, then one of the top two or three,” Coach Tom Renney said. “My feeling is, he’s been able to keep his eye on the ball anyway, with all the issues going on all around him.”

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Report-Lundqvist Agrees To Long-Term Deal

from the NY Daily News,

The Rangers have locked up their franchise goaltender for the foreseeable future.

Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers have agreed upon a contract that will keep the 25-year-old netminder between the Garden’s pipes well past his 30th birthday.

While the length and value of the deal - believed to be for six years at more than $6.5 million per - have been set, there is language in the contract that is still being hashed out. So the Rangers are not expected to make a formal announcement until tomorrow at the earliest.

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The King Of The Rangers

Risto Pakarinen is a freelance writer living in Sweden and also blogs for NHL.com.

He just sent me this nice piece he did on Henrik Lundqvist titled, Superman Plays it Cool (will open pdf file).  Risto wrote it back in November and is now making it available to his readers at his own blog, RPlog.

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Lundqvist Has To Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Last night’s tying goal was scored at 8:45 of the second because of the netminder’s indecision playing a potential icing. The third goal - the winner -was scored on a shot from the left corner that originated from below the goal line.

“I can’t let in goals like these in a game like this; I have to better,” Lundqvist said. “I think as a team we’re fighting the game right now, and the same goes for me.

“I want to be the one to make the difference for our team, and I haven’t been. It’s very disappointing, but I’m not going to give up.”

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Pressure On Lundqvist

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The onus is on Henny (Lundqvist). Period.

Oh-for-two on the Western swing, the Rangers require the king to once again be THE KING.

No ifs, ands or buts when the Blueshirts play the Oilers on Saturday night in Edmonton.

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