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Would Any Team Trade For Henrik Lundqvist?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

All right, Lundqvist’s age, which will be 36 next spring. Tim Thomas won the Vezina during his age-36 season and the Stanley Cup two months after turning 37. Dominik Hasek won the Stanley Cup at age 37. Patrick Roy was four months shy of 36 when he won his last Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur was 40 when he outplayed the Vezina-winning Lundqvist and carried the Devils over the Rangers in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

Now, would the Rangers consider trading Lundqvist, who, as you know, has a no-move clause? I believe that if approached, management would inquire whether the goaltender would accept a trade to the interested party.

Putting aside lifestyle and family issues for the sake of this conversation as far as Lundqvist granting his permission, it would have to be from a team fancying itself only an upper-echelon goaltender away from the Cup and could afford the $8.5 million cap hit on Lundqvist’s contract, which runs through 2020-21.

I just don’t see any of those clubs out there. I don’t see Florida — which missed the playoffs — attempting to bring in Lundqvist when they have Roberto Luongo. I don’t see St. Louis making that leap, though could you imagine Brodeur as Lundqvist’s goalie coach? I don’t see a single analogous scenario to the one in 2001, when the powerhouse Red Wings, superseded by the Avalanche and Roy, obtained Hasek from the Sabres after the Czech asked to be traded to a contender.

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Henrik Lundqvist Must Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Give Lundqvist five goals, and he is home free — well, except for Game 3 of the 2015 conference finals and the 6-5 overtime defeat to the Lightning.

But not in this Game 2 on Saturday, in which The King was not nearly good enough, and the Rangers could not protect a 5-3 lead they held until 3:19 remained in regulation. That is when a rather unheralded fellow named Jean-Gabriel Pageau morphed into Rocket Richard by scoring twice on deflections to complete a hat trick by the end of the third period, tying the score at 18:58 before recording his fourth goal on a two-on-one left wing screamer to give the Senators a 6-5 victory at 2:54 of the second overtime....

Somehow Lundqvist must elevate his game following an afternoon on which he seemed off balance throughout and was unable to carry the baton over the finish line after his teammates had battled through myriad errors to stake the goaltender to three different two-goal leads at 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3.

“I wasn’t moving as well as in other games,” Lundqvist said. “I wasn’t good enough.”

No, he wasn’t, and if he isn’t at the top of his game when the series resumes with Tuesday’s Game 3 at the Garden, the Rangers won’t have even a prayer of coming back in this Round 2.

Lundqvist still was wearing his pads when he talked to the media after sitting in his stall for up to 15 minutes with his head down and clasped between his hands. The goaltender never quite had a grip on this game. He seemed to acknowledge that when asked if he felt secure with the late lead in a game filled with ebbs and flows each way.

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A Not So Hot Return For Henrik Lundqvist And A Brendan Smith/Corey Perry Fight

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If Henrik Lundqvist wanted to be tested in order to prepare for the playoffs upon returning from a seven-game absence covering nearly three weeks, The King surely was that here on Sunday in a 6-3 empty-net abetted defeat to the Ducks.

“It was a challenging game,” Lundqvist said with a wry smile after surrendering five goals on 33 shots in 58:37. “You hope for maybe a little easier game, but there are no easy games in this league.”

It is impossible for there to be an easy game with the Rangers making it as difficult as possible on themselves and their goaltender. Despite being tied 3-3 entering the third, the Blueshirts were guilty of a multitude of bleeps, bloopers and blunders in their decisions, puck-movement and coverage all night long.

“Too many guys brought their ‘C’ game and that’s not good enough,” coach Alain Vigneault said following the defeat that prevented the Rangers from clinching a playoff spot. “It was not an easy game for Hank, but if I know him the way everyone does, he’s going to get better.”

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Rangers lose Lundqvist for 2-3 weeks

From Sportsnet:

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will miss the next two to three weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced Saturday.

Lundqvist last played on March 7, in a win against the Florida Panthers.

He has a 2.65 goals-against average and .913 save percentage this season.

New York has recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from AHL Hartford.

Here's the Rangers' Tweet:

Update: From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:

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Rangers without Nash, Lundqvist vs. Hurricanes

From the New York Rangers:

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Henrik Lundqvist earns his 400th win

Henrik Lundqvist earned his 400th career win in a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche:

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Henrik Lundqvist Sits One Win Away From #400

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

...as Henrik Lundqvist prepared to go for career win No. 400 on Saturday night at the Garden against the last-overall Avalanche, he took a moment to reflect on what has been an inconsistent year for him personally in the midst of a career that has been anything but.

“Obviously every time you reach a milestone, you think back a little bit,” Lundqvist said after Friday’s practice, having passed his boyhood idol, Dominik Hasek, with win No. 390 in Denver on New Year’s Eve, making him the winningest European-born goaltender in NHL history.

“Recently, I tied Hasek, that was definitely a moment when you start to think about the people that helped you, and the players you played with,” he said. “There have been a lot of players that have come and gone here throughout the years, a lot of great memories. And reaching 400 is special.”

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Another Bad Game For Henrik Lundqvist

from Dan Martin of the New York Post,

The Rangers scored four straight goals in the third period — but instead of celebrating a victory at the Garden on Tuesday night, they suffered a 6-4 defeat to the Blue Jackets.

That’s what shoddy goaltending can do to a team, and once again, the culprit was Henrik Lundqvist, who struggled coming out of the All-Star break, much as he did earlier in January following the Rangers’ bye week.

This time, Lundqvist surrendered three goals on just 16 shots before he was yanked in the second period.

“I know I need to be better,” Lundqvist said in an uncharacteristically brief session with the media after the game. “That third goal is a killer. As a group, we responded really well in the third. Especially the third goal bothers me. It’s back to work [Wednesday] to get better [and] improve.”

Coach Alain Vigneault was at a loss to explain why Lundqvist was off his game again, but had a similar solution as the goalie.

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The Lundqvist Plan Is Not Working

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The theory in radically reducing Henrik Lundqvist’s workload so the Rangers’ franchise goaltender would be fresher for the long haul of a deep playoff run is certainly sound.

But in practice, it is not working.

Because there was yet another goal (or two) the goaltender would have wanted back in Friday’s dispiriting 4-2 defeat to the Maple Leafs at the Garden that followed a simple, yet stirring tribute to the late NYPD Det. Steven McDonald that featured a ceremonial puck drop from his wife, Patti Ann, and son, Conor.

Because it was yet another game in which Lundqvist, who seemed off-balance throughout, had trouble with his reads. Another game in which a funny one went in reasonably early to put the Rangers in a hole.

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Henrik Lundqvist’s Hockey Life

from Henrik Lundqvist at The Players' Tribune,

Dear eight-year-old Henrik,

Tomorrow, the direction of your life is going to change.

For the past two years, you have loved to ice skate. First, you skated on the little sand pit that your Kindergarten teachers froze over in the winter. Then, once you got really brave, you skated on the frozen ponds of Åre, the tiny skiing village where you live. Well, it’s not tiny to you now, but just wait, because life is going to take you to some very interesting places, and that journey starts tomorrow.

Tomorrow, you’ll get to play organized hockey for the first time at a real rink. You and your twin brother, Joel, won’t be able to contain your excitement. Your poor mom … settle down, please.

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Talking About The Cody Eakin Hit On Henrik Lundqvist

from Ruffled Lines,

Lindy Ruff up first...

On the Cody Eakin ejection:

“I understand the call. There was no intent on his part. As a penalty killer he’s trying to gain speed so he can get back. I watched the play and Henrik (Lundqvist) was off the wall originally and I think he just mishandled it for a second.  When he went to go play it, he went into the wall. Cody said he was just trying to jump by him. I know it doesn’t look that way but there was no intent on his part.”

Stars Forward Cody Eakin

On the play with Lundqvist:

“I was coming in pretty fast, trying to create some energy, and my intention was to go for the puck. Obviously, it was not to make contact with him or his head. The collision carried me a little bit off my feet.”

On receiving discipline from the League:

“I’m sure I’ll hear something and we’ll go from there. The game just ended so I don’t know anything.”

Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault

On Henrik Lundqvist’s play tonight and the hit by Cody Eakin:

“Well, the first thing is that the League better do something about that hit. It’s everything that you want to take away from the game. Hit to the head, forward motion and it’s a goaltender on top. That happens in the playoffs and your goaltender has to go out of the net. They better do something about that and they better take care of business. As far as Hank’s [Henrik Lundqvist] play tonight; there’s no doubt that he played extremely well....

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Video- Cody Eakin Hit On Henrik Lundqvist

Five minute major for charging and a game misconduct for Eakin.  Lundqvist went to room for a few minutes but has returned and is back in the game.

 

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Antti Raanta Or Henrik Lundqvist Tonight?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

... I am not sure what to expect for Tuesday’s rematch against Chicago. There is a strong argument to be made for continuing to ride the wave with Raanta, no doubt about that. But there is an equally valid argument this is the time for Lundqvist to get the call, because if Raanta goes again and plays well again, then you bet the Rangers will have a goaltending controversy they do not need.

If Lundqvist sits for what would be an unprecedented fourth straight time and Raanta duplicates his work over the last three games through which he earned the NHL’s second-star-of-the-week designation in allowing one goal on 63 shots including consecutive shutouts against Chicago and New Jersey, then why not a fifth straight Thursday in Dallas? Then maybe a sixth two nights later in Nashville?

Or is four the line of demarcation?

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Henrik Lundqvist...

 

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Henrik Lundqvist Has Noticed How The Game Has Changed

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

More than 800 regular-season and playoff games and a locker full of records and endorsements later, Lundqvist has witnessed the game’s latest transformation from a net-front perch.

“When I entered the league [in 2005-06], it was still big and strong [players],” he said. “In the last three, four years, there’s a lot more shorter players. It’s about skating, it’s about speed, it’s about balance and skill. The rules changes helped, there’s a lot less holding, grabbing, hooking [allowed]. So it’s a faster game for sure, a lot of odd-man rushes, that’s really where you get hurt, but that’s also where you cash in.”

The new generation — think of the 24-and-under Team North America squad in the World Cup and dazzling players such as Vladimir Tarasenko and rookie Patrick Laine — has made goaltending tougher.

“It’s more challenging,” said Lundqvist, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12. “They can shoot better, and in one-on-one situations against top players, they can pick the corners. You need to be square, you need to read the situation quicker. It’s challenging, but fun.”

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Evening Line- Henrik Lundqvist

via Brett Cyrgalis tweets,

"In the 2nd pd, it was a feeling of embarrassment to give up that many goals. But also a sense of hopelessness..."

"...I think we played a team that was smarter, better, and better goaltending."

Lundqvist gave up four goals on 12 shots in the 2nd period.

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Video- Henrik Lundqvist Wanted A Goalie Interference Call

via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The call came with 4:10 remaining in the third period as the Rangers (40-23-8) were holding onto a 3-2 lead and looking to back up their encouraging 2-1 win in Anaheim on Wednesday, which kicked off this three-game California swing. But the Kings (43-22-5) sent Anze Kopitar to the front of the net as they did so many times two summers ago, and that’s when Kopitar made a masterful deflection of a Milan Lucic shot, beating Lundqvist above his left shoulder to tie it 3-3.

Right there in Lundqvist’s crease was Tyler Toffoli, who didn’t exactly make an effort to move, prompting coach Alain Vigneault to use his challenge. After review, the goal was upheld, and Lundqvist still was steaming about it after another artful tip from Kopitar in front beat him 1:34 into the 3-on-3 extra frame for the win.

“I’m so frustrated right now I don’t know where to begin,” Lundqvist said. “The way we battled all game, and I think you just have to play by the rules. The rule is you can’t have a guy in the crease. I can’t come out to play the shot, and as a goalie, when you try to make a save, you have a forward motion. And he doesn’t make any effort to get out.

“And I can’t believe the ref, after watching it, not getting it right,” the King continued. “That means that you can pretty much put a guy in the crease, and as long as the goalie doesn’t get run over, it’s a good goal. That’s the way I look at this call.”

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Video- A Bad Night For Henrik Lundqvist

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Mix anger and injury, and you get an explosion.

The blast zone left Henrik Lundqvist nowhere to be seen after his team lost 4-1 to the Penguins on Thursday night at CONSOL Energy Center. Lundqvist himself was ground zero, as the Rangers’ goalie had blown up after he was railroaded by his own defenseman, Ryan McDonagh, early in the second period, tossing his own net off the moorings soon thereafter when the officials wouldn’t give him a stoppage of play.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him that mad,” alternate captain Derek Stepan said.

As for how the Penguins felt, Lundqvist’s counterpart, Marc-Andre Fleury, told Pittsburgh reporters it was “baby stuff.”

So after the Penguins scored three goals in 99 seconds in the final three minutes of the second, Lundqvist didn’t even come out to the bench to watch the third.

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Brooks: Patrick Kane’s Hart candidacy is free and clear

The New York Post's Larry Brooks believes that those opposed to Patrick Kane's candidacy for the Hart Trophy based upon last summer's events should pipe down:

I have no idea whether or not I would want Patrick Kane to date my sister. I don’t know him except from afar and through a locker-room interview scrum or two. But that hypothetical would not inform my choice for the Hart Trophy if I were to have a ballot, nor should it become an issue when votes are cast immediately after the regular season.

There is no morals clause attached to the Hart, which goes to, “The player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”

At this point, with Kane on a franchise-record tying 21-game point streak he aims to break Sunday night, the Blackhawks’ winger is the MVP frontrunner, with Dallas’ James Neal and Tyler Seguin and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, the Islanders’ John Tavares and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin also in the conversation.

This is a case about hockey. There is nothing more to see here beyond Kane’s brilliance on the ice, just as the Erie County’s DA office decided there was nothing more to see in the “so-called ‘case’ ” there, either.

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All Henrik Lundqvist

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

What would it mean to win the Stanley Cup in New York?

You dream about it, you picture it happening. That’s definitely the biggest goal and dream I have right now. It’s my biggest motivation to try to get better and try to help the team win. I’ve been there for 10 years, and we’ve been close the past few years. I really hope we can take that final step now. It’s time.

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All Henrik Lundqvist

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Rangers have been so close, going to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final last season. Do you go into this season now, at 33 years old, worrying that your window is closing despite being so close, and do you feel the pressure going up because of that?

"No. I'm just excited that we have a team that's up there fighting for it. For a few years it was definitely a goal, but it was a long stretch for us to really reach to that level. Now I feel we have the group to fight for it and to be there. If we play a certain way, play on top of our ability, we have a chance to win a lot of games. That's exciting. I try to see it that way instead of a closing window, because who knows how long we can keep this stretch going, how long we can keep the group together? There is no point in going there. Right now it's this year. The core is still here."

What perspective did you gain from having to sit out with your neck injury last season considering how scary the diagnosis was for you and what could have been, such as the potential for a stroke if you kept playing?

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A Look At Henrik Lundqvist And Ben Bishop Heading Leading Up To Game 6

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

"It’s a roller coaster of emotions. It goes up and down," Lundqvist said. "You just have to deal with it the best you can, deal with the pressure you put on yourself, expectations you have on you. It just comes down to keeping your focus on what you need to do -- that’s it. Don’t focus on too many other things, especially things you can’t control."

Bishop’s calmness should be bottled and sold over the counter as a sleeping drug.

"You’ve got to treat it like the regular season," he said. "When you play 60-whatever games, you’re going to have some good ones, you’re going to have some bad ones. You’re going to have some unlucky ones, you’re going to have some lucky ones. It’s kind of the same in the playoffs. You can’t put too much emphasis on one game. ... You just can’t look at it in a real short window. You’ve got to look at it big picture, and that’s a big thing. If you treat it like the regular season, where there’s going to be good games and bad games, it’s easier to move on."

What allows two quality goaltenders to remain so calm in a situation such as this?

"It doesn’t get any easier," one NHL goalie coach said. "Certainly, the pressure surrounding the games ramps up as you go through the rounds. In a lot of ways, the game’s almost a little bit easier because everybody is so attentive to blocking shots, picking up your checks, making good, hard plays."

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Bad Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So there sat Lundqvist, a King with a crown tarnished by an ultra-talented group that seems to have his number … or numbers, as in a 4.75 GAA and .840 save pct. in six meetings this season covering the regular season and this round.

There he sat alone until general manager Glen Sather entered the room, walked to his franchise player’s stall, and offered quiet, private words of love and encouragement.

Lundqvist will need much more than those words as he seeks to find answers between now and Friday’s Game 4, for when he met the press a few minutes after Sather had left the room, it was clear that the goaltender had been shaken out of the Conn Smythe-worthy comfort zone in which he had been living until the Lightning became his — and his team’s — worst nightmare.

“For some reason I didn’t really pick it up,” the beleaguered goaltender said of the winner on which Palat cut across the zone from the right before unleashing the drive that beat him to the far, stick side. “I’m going to have to look at the video to see why.

“It’s really challenging for me, the way they move the puck and find open ice for the shot, the way they get scoring chances from right in front,” said Lundqvist, who had blundered by directing a soft initial shot onto Steven Stamkos’ stick for the Lightning’s first goal. “They’re good, but I need to be more consistent with my game plan.”

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Burakowsky gets the better of his hero

From NHL.com's Katie Brown:

Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky spent a large portion of his childhood idolizing New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

On Wednesday, Burakovsky scored his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals -- against Lundqvist -- to help the Capitals to a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center.

"Obviously he's been my favorite goalie since I grew up," Burakovsky said. "He's kind of close to my hometown so I've been watching him my whole life. It's a pretty special moment for me to score two goals on Lundqvist in such an important game as this."

Burakovsky's first goal tied the game at 16:29 of the second period. After intercepting a pass from Rangers forward Chris Kreider, he held the puck and skated through the slot toward the right wall, exhibiting admirable patience in outlasting Lundqvist to make it 1-1.

"I wasn't really planning it, it just happened," Burakovsky said. "I don't know how to describe it. It's just in my head, guiding me sort of. I'm just trying to take the puck to the net."

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Henrik Lundqvist Won’t Rush His Return

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

After all this, Henrik Lundqvist isn’t about to rush.

The Rangers franchise netminder said on Wednesday night “it’s been a long six weeks,” and it sure has been since he first suffered a blood vessel injury in the back of his neck on Jan. 31. Yet he was cleared Tuesday to practice, and he was cleared to speak to the media before the Rangers’ 1-0 loss to the Blackhawks, when he said he will rejoin the lineup only when he’s good and ready.

“I’m not going to force it,” Lundqvist said. “It’s not about me, it’s about what’s best for the team, too. I’m not going to just jump out there because I want to play. I want to make sure when I go out there, I feel ready and I can make a difference and help the team. Before that, it’s better for everyone if I just stay in practice and work on my game.”

The plan is for the 31-year-old Lundqvist to practice as much as possible — which, with the Rangers’ upcoming schedule, isn’t very much. They have just two full-team practices over the next week, Friday and next Wednesday before they leave for Ottawa for the beginning of a two-game, four-day trip, which Lundqvist plans to be on.

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Henrik Lundqvist Cleared For Practice

NEW YORK, March 17, 2015 – Following an exam and consultation with specialists, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been cleared to return to practice with the team.

Lundqvist was injured on Jan. 31. The Rangers all-time wins and shutouts leader posted a 16-4-0 record, along with a 1.82 goals against average, a .938 save percentage, and one shutout in his last 20 appearances prior to suffering the injury. For the season, Lundqvist has a record of 25-11-3, along with a 2.25 goals against average, a .922 save percentage, and five shutouts.

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Henrik Lundqvist Could Have Suffered A Stroke If He Continued To Play

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist would have been at risk for a life-threatening injury if he kept playing with what he called a sprained blood vessel in his throat that was detected Tuesday.

Lundqvist said Sunday he won't be re-evaluated by the doctors for at least 2-3 weeks to see how it's healing, and he can do only light cardio between now and then. He even once referenced a timetable of potentially 3-4 weeks before he is re-evaluated.

"If I would keep playing I'd run a big risk of having a stroke, and that's why you have to make sure you play this one safe because it's not a sore shoulder or elbow or something like that," Lundqvist said prior to the Rangers' game against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden.

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New York Rangers Statement On The Health Of Henrik Lundqvist

NEW YORK, February 6, 2015 – Henrik Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury on Saturday. We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care. Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is revaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts.

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Henrik Lundqvist Considered Day-To-Day

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Video- Henrik Lundqvist Is Okay After Taking A Puck To The Throat

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

For this was the night Henrik Lundqvist was able to survive taking a puck in the throat at 3:02 of the second period when Ryan McDonagh’s stick inadvertently lifted his goaltender’s mask just as Brad Malone had uncorked a rising drive from the right circle.

“I could feel the stick hit my chin and pull up my helmet so I lost my vision of the puck,” Lundqvist said. “I had a bad feeling because I could kind of see the puck coming and then I lost track of it.

“When I got hit, it’s obviously extremely painful and hard to breathe for a couple of minutes,” said The King, who fell prone on the ice immediately, kicking his legs, writhing in pain as trainer Jim Ramsay and a club physician attended to him. “I got very light-headed and a little worried the first couple of minutes, but they told me just to breathe and slowly I started to feel better.”...

“It wasn’t a concussion, so I didn’t need tests,” Lundqvist said. “I had the headaches because I didn’t get air for that time.”

Behind the Rangers’ bench, coach Alain Vigneault later would admit to having flashbacks of a previous incident while coaching the Canadiens 15 years ago when winger Trent McCleary suffered a fractured larynx and collapsed right lung when struck flush on the throat at point blank range while trying to block a slap shot from Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien.

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Henrik Lundqvist Needs To Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This isn’t last year, when Henrik Lundqvist’s game bottomed out for a variety of reasons over the first three months of 2013-14. This hasn’t been close to that bad.

But the first two months of 2014-15 haven’t been close to good enough from Lundqvist, who has surrendered too many unsightly goals and has had way too many borderline nights for a team that isn’t good enough to overcome mediocrity in nets.

Lundqvist’s save percentage dropped to .905, 31st in the 30-team league among goaltenders with 10 or more starts after Monday’s misadventure in which he surrendered five goals on 20 shots — including a back-breaking softie for the winner — in the Blueshirts’ 6-3 empty-net-abetted defeat to the Lightning at the Garden that marked the team’s third loss in three games within 15 days to conference-leading Tampa Bay.

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Video- Toews, Crosby And Lundqvist Talk Leadership With George Stroumboulopoulos

via Sportsnet,

 

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Lundqvist on Letterman

Via SI's Michael Blinn, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist took a break from the NHL and NHLPA's "Player Media Tour" to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday night. The Late Show's YouTube channel posted a 2-minute clip of the impeccably-dressed Lundqvist discussing playing goal in the playoffs and the "goony" Los Angeles Kings:

The Late Show's website posts entire episodes on a slightly delayed basis, so Lundqvist's full appearance should be up in a day or two...

And here's what the NHL and NHLPA are doing later this morning:

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The Summer Of Henrik Lundqvist

from Risto Pakarinen at ESPN,

You will hear New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist before you see him.

Or, rather, you will hear the roar of his black Maserati as it winds through the streets of this west coast city.

As a father of a 2-year-old daughter, he also has other cars, but there are no baby seats in the Maserati, so when he's driving solo, it's the Maserati with the matte finish that rolls out of the garage.

After the longest season in his career, Lundqvist took time off to recharge his batteries, but in the first week of August he was back on the ice, skating with local players in the Frolunda Indians practice facility, Frolundaborg, on the south side of town.

He arrives in the Maserati, stops at the parking lot meter, feeds it with a few kronor, grabs his ticket and parks his car around the corner, closer to the entrance. His famous hair is tucked under a baseball cap adorned with his own logo that combines his No. 30 with a crown.

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One Tough Loss For Henrik Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Cup was on the ice, and the Kings were celebrating. It was 40 minutes after the dagger had been plunged into Lundqvist’s heart, and the franchise goaltender was still wearing his hockey pants, pads and skates. He sat in his stall in the locker room, his hands — left hand still taped — first clasped over his head, then covering his eyes and what had been a vacant stare, the King intermittently shaking his head, perhaps imagining what might have been.

In defeat, this was Lundqvist’s grandest hour, nearly an hour of hockey in which he had made 48 saves and had been a pillar of strength in repelling wave after wave of Kings attacks. But that does not change the outcome. That does not change the fact Lundqvist will go into his 10th NHL season searching for his first Stanley Cup, and the Rangers will start next season 21 years removed from their last title.

Nothing changes that reality for King Henrik.

“I knew going into this series that it would end in tears,” Lundqvist finally said after pausing to collect his thoughts when asked to articulate his emotions. “Tears of joy or tears of heartbreak.

“Right now it’s extremely tough.”

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Below, Darryl Sutter and Henrik Lundqvist in the handshake line...

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Video- Henrik Lundqvist Awarded The Broadway Hat

Some had to wonder if the Broadway Hat would be awarded again this season.

 

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‘Henke’s’ show gives the Rangers life

This time, the Los Angeles Kings couldn't rally from a 2-0 deficit, and it was due to some absolutely fantabulous goaltending--and a wee bit of luck--by Henrik Lundqvist, whose 40-save performance (including 15 saves in the 3rd period, a period in which the Rangers had 1 shot on Jonathan Quick) powered the Rangers to a 2-1 win and a Game 5 in Los Angeles this Friday.

Benoit Pouliot's first-period tip and Martin St. Louis' second-period drive to the net were answered by a Dustin Brown breakaway 8:46 into the 2nd, but after that, Lundqvist shut the door.

This little assist by Anton Stralman in the first period helped...

As did some slushy ice and another hand from Derek Stepan in the 3rd (via CJ Folger on Twitter):

And now the Rangers have some life, though the way the Kings dominated play doesn't bode well for a rally from a 3-0 deficit (though I will readily admit that BOTH teams look exhausted at this point).

I've seen better goaltending performances, but this one is in my top 5, and I've been watching hockey for 23 years now. Jonathan "The Scorpion King" Quick got bested by King Henrik, and that was...phenomenal stuff.

Please note: SB Nation's Steve Lepore and Grantland's Katie Baker pointed out that there is no hockey this weekend due to the World Cup of soccer taking place in Brazil, not due to some slight against the wonder that is our game.

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Examining The Play Of Henrik Lundqvist

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

You almost have to feel bad for Henrik Lundqvist, don’t you? The Man Who Has Everything has nothing to show through the first three games of this Stanley Cup Final series.

No luck. No help. No wins.

Well, nothing is not entirely accurate, of course. The embattled Rangers ‘keeper does have one thing:

Excuses.

Lundqvist was on the hook for three goals on just 15 shots in New York’s 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. But who could blame him, right? The first might have deflected off the skate of defenseman Dan Girardi about 20 feet out and changed direction slightly. The second was redirected by another well-meaning block attempt by Martin St. Louis. The third was created when the puck bounced off the skate of Ryan McDonagh directly onto the tape of L.A.’s Mike Richards.

In fact, that’s pretty much been the story of the series for Lundqvist.

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Kings master the rope-a-dope again, win 5-4 in double OT

That was most certainly intriguing. For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings surrendered a 2-0 lead; for the second consecutive game, the Kings forced overtime, overcoming both the Rangers' relentless attack and their own defensive mistakes (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene did not have the best nights in their own end); and for the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings persevered and prevailed, with Dustin Brown tipping Willie Mitchell's shot past Henrik Lundqvist 10:26 into the second OT period.

Los Angeles prevails 5-4, and now the series gets interesting: both teams will have to try to get their players to bed sooner than later as 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time flights are on the Sunday docket, and the teams will play three games in five nights, so we may see the kind of mental fatigue that played into tonight's score leak its way into regulation time action.

Justin Williams had 3 assists, Willie Mitchell had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots for LA; Derik Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh had 1-goal-and-1-assist games for the Rangers, Rick Nash had 8 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist (who may or may not have issued a Dustin Brown-style dive at one point--quite a bit of diving in this series!) stopped 39 for New York.

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Video- Inside Hockey Feature On Henrik Lundqvist

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC with the interview...

 

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Kings prevail in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final

The curse of the two-goal lead and/or perhaps some delayed jet-lag setting in? The Los Angeles Kings fell behind 2-0 against the New York Rangers, who had rest on their side coming into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but after the Kings rallied to tie the game 2-2, the Kings came out with legs full of lead in the 3rd period, getting out-shot 20-3, and while Henrik Lundqvist stopped almost everything he saw, he wasn't able to steal this snipe shot by Justin Williams 4:36 into OT (Dan Girardi had a terrible giveaway, and his teammates all "flew by" and skated the other way, yielding a mini one-on-none):

The Kings prevailed 3-2 despite Lundqvist's 40-save performance, and now things get interesting: the Kings won the first game, which supposedly garners you a 77% chance of winning the Stanley Cup, but both Los Angeles, which had two days to turn around after beating the Hawks, and the Rangers, who had nearly a week off before taking their cross-continental flight on Monday, will BOTH be able to re-set and refocus in a big way as Game 2 doesn't take place until Saturday (7 PM EDT start).

Does momentum transfer from game to game, or will the series essentially re-set after two days of rest and recuperation for both clearly mentally and physically exhausted teams, at least given their play over the first 40 or so minutes?

We'll find out on Saturday night.

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It’s All About Henrik Lundqvist

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

Start with his hair. Look at it. It’s not a hairstyle; it’s a goddamn symphony, every strand in concert with the others, rising and falling. Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t have to do that with his hair, right? There’s got to be an easier way, a less perfect way, but he refuses to take it.

As the 2014 Stanley Cup final opens, Lundqvist is trying to crack the last hard task. His New York Rangers are decided underdogs to the Los Angeles Kings, who have superior forwards, a superior defensive corps, a team that applies pressure until you crack, and Stanley Cup rings. The biggest reason to believe in the Rangers is Henrik Lundqvist is in goal. He will have to be great, but that’s always been what he’s aiming for, anyway.

“There’s a reason why he’s the king,” says Martin Biron, now with TSN and the NHL Network, who backed up Lundqvist for parts of four seasons in New York. “He’s good-looking, he’s got it all, he’s the best goalie, he plays the guitar, gets on Jimmy Fallon show, all that, and there’s a reason: Because he prepares and works so hard for it. If he didn’t put all the time and effort into being his absolute best at every moment, he would just be very good. He wouldn’t be great.”

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Henrik Lundqvist Gets His Shot At The Cup

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

When Henrik Lundqvist signed his seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension in early December, it wasn’t just the Rangers committing their future to the franchise goaltender, it was the franchise goaltender committing his destiny to the Rangers’ organization, as well.

No goalie in NHL history had ever won his first Stanley Cup with his original team as late into his career as Lundqvist. But now, nine years a Ranger, The King will get his chance at making history. He has earned it.

He has earned it with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Canadiens at the Garden on Thursday to clinch the Eastern Conference final in a game Lundqvist said, “I don’t think I’ve ever been more determined to win.”

Nine years after Lundqvist arrived from Sweden, 20 years after the Rangers’ last trip to the final and only Stanley Cup victory since 1940, and one year to the day after firing John Tortorella as coach, the Blueshirts found a way to win the most important hockey game played in New York in two decades, since the victorious Game 7 against Vancouver on June 14, 1994, that signified the waiting was over.

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Lundqvist ‘Haseks’ Vanek

Via Shnarped Hockey, it's quite the compliment for an old, crazy Czech who's been arguing with Jaromir Jagr lately when people call this remarkable Henrik Lundqvist save a "Hasek":

Thomas Vanek can't buy a goal (ha).

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Video- It’s All About Game 6 For Henrik Lundqvist

Lundqvist has put game 5 behind him...

 

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Lundqvist Good At This Game

from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,

Nine years into his North American career, Lundqvist is shaping up as one of the great value buys in sport. He has a new seven-year, $59.5-million (U.S.) deal that will carry him to his 38th birthday. It was signed last year, and some wondered about the term for a player already in his 30s. No one’s wondering any more.

His employer, the Madison Square Garden Company, makes more than $2-million from each home playoff game. MSG’s premier franchise, the Knicks, isn’t helping out any in that regard.

As close to single-handed as is possible in a team game, Lundqvist has already earned back next year’s salary. He looks good value to write off the following one as well in the next few weeks.

If he were just good at his job, that would be one thing. A great many hockey players seem superhuman on the ice, and then alarmingly typical off it. That’s part of the sport’s core charm. Up close, most of these guys really do look like the rest of us (if the rest of us lived at the gym).

But Lundqvist has the presence to transcend his game and its gap-toothed image. He’s special somehow. He has a twin brother, Joel, who played briefly in Dallas. Though just as well-scrubbed, Joel Lundqvist is not Henrik. You wonder how the poor guy hasn’t succumbed to despair.

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Rangers’ Lundqvist out-duels Tokarski as New York takes Game 2

While the Montreal Canadiens were worried about their goaltending, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final, the goaltender opposite Dustin Tokarski stole the show, as the AP's recap of the New York Rangers' 3-1 win reports:

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period as the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday.

St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died just before Mother's Day. The Rangers have rallied around the grieving veteran and have won five in a row.

New York's Rick Nash also scored while Ryan McDonagh added a goal and an assist to give the defenseman six points in the opening two games of the series.

Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal, which outshot New York 41-30.

The AP's recap continues, and here's a highlight clip:

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Henrik Lundqvist Fined For Unsportsmanlike Conduct

If you missed the incident, watch it here...

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Rangers stave off elimination via inspiration

The New York Rangers climbed back into their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, turning the tables on a team that's offensively dominated them via a 5-1 win in Pittsburgh...

But "the story" of the game didn't involve Derek Brassard's 2-goal game or Henrik Lundqvist's 31-save performance: it involved the inspiration the Rangers took from a player who posted no points in Martin St. Louis.

ESPN's Scott Burnside suggests that St. Louis' presence in the lineup--a day after his mother passed away--inspired the Rangers to reestablish their game:

Where we saw a New York Rangers team drained of emotion, fragile, beaten; they revealed themselves to be proud, defiant, finding a hitherto unknown wellspring of will in beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in Game 5 to keep their playoff hopes alive for at least one more game.

Maybe it was the emotionally charged locker room as the Rangers rallied around a grief-stricken Martin St. Louis who chose to return to Pittsburgh from Montreal to play in Game 5 after his mother passed away suddenly Thursday.

There is no denying that his decision to return to his teammates, many of whom he has known only a matter of months since coming to the Rangers from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline, resonated throughout the locker room.

"We are a team and we're a close team. In the short time he's been here, he's pretty magnetic. He's got a love for this game and being around the rink and the guys already that we all appreciate and know, and the respect that we have for him. It was tough for all of us. But that's something that was impressive watching him tonight," Brian Boyle said. He's a special, special person."

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Rangers aren’t a bad team, but the Penguins are running them over

George here on the late shift. I'm getting ready to wake up a little bit early to watch Wings players take part in the World Championships, which begin on Friday. The European press tends to look at the NHL playoffs from a rather Machiavellian perspective--sometimes actively rooting against the teams whose players include important national team contributors--and as such, I had one thought as Evgeni Malkin's 1-0 goal slithered past a goaltender who's more or less been left to his devices in Henrik Lunqvist:

"[Team Sweden coach and GM] Par Marts must be watching this game thinking, 'I can get Henke to Minsk by Sunday!'"

The Penguins defeated Lundqvist's Rangers 4-2, taking a 3-games-to-none series lead, and while the Penguins lost Brooks Orpik's services, the Rangers' combination of struggling stars on offense and a sometimes-shaky defense reminds me of--dare I say it?--the Wings-Bruins series.

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