Recap: Henrik Lundqvist On Mike Francesa Yesterday

  • On the time off, “It was frustrating and disappointing for sure. After a while you kind of just wait for something to happen. I went back home and saw family and friends in Sweden for a while. I skated back home with an old goalie coach. Mentally to stay ready it was tough. I feel like I was well prepared for it. It has been a good camp.”
  • On changing his routine, “I don’t think I will change that much. I will practice the same way. Last year we had a good system where I could go harder in practice and I think that is something we will try to do this year as well.”
  • On the playing schedule, “usually we plan with the goalie coach, sometimes we get the week schedule, sometimes the day before. Sometimes the plans change. I am pretty flexible. I prefer to know the day before.”
  • On playing more than normal earlier, “I am not sure how it is going to feel this weekend. The coaches have their plan and I am not sure what I prefer. I am just going to go out and play and I know it will be a few games before I go out and reach my top level. This will be a different challenge for me. Everyone is in the same boat. I have been going really hard in practice the last two weeks. Mentally I think I need to play. I need to be out there in game situation and with the excitement that comes with it. You need minutes before you can feel that.”

  • On expectations, “I think it’s gonna be a key for us, how we handle expectations. It’s gonna be important that we know what helped us last year have success. Working really hard was one of our biggest strengths. We worked really hard every night and it won us a lot of games.”
  • On the playoff experience, “it’s long and you need to stay on top of it for a long time. You need to manage how you eat, sleep, practice. We came up short which was disappointing but it motivates you and inspires you work harder and reach our goal which is winning the cup.”
  • On the pressure on him, “it’s something that you learn to live with. When you aren’t doing well it’s tough. It’s a great feeling to be able to help the team to win. I think the biggest challenge is the mental aspect and not the physical aspect.”
  • On the lockout, “it was depressing. Not having your normal life and routine. After a few months you miss it.”
  • On the type of games, “I don’t know what to expect. You watch guys in practice and things go well, but when it comes to game situations guys aren’t used to it and it will take a few games before everything is smooth and working good.”
  • On how he feels starting a season, “I feel similar, maybe a little more excited. Usually going into training camp you have a few games to see where you are. That is the biggest difference. You are a little nervous and anxious to get going.”