Recap: Henrik Lundqvist’s Post Game Comments (On His Confidence and Needing To Be Better)

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the Rangers loss to Columbus:

  •  On being score on early, “I don’t know what the feeling was…it definitely wasn’t a good feeling. The biggest thing for me now is to believe in what I do and stay confident. Confidence is such an important thing in this game and right now it isn’t very high.”
  • On the first goal, “I don’t know, I quickly watched the replay. It hit the post and then I think…I don’t know I have to go over the goals again and see what happened. Obviously where we are right now, the starts are important and me not coming up with the saves early is hurting the team and me. You just need to work through it I guess, but it’s definitely a test for your confidence to believe in what you do and not try to do too much. You want to win more….sometimes you try to much instead of sticking to what you need to do and playing your game.”

  • Were you surprised to come out,  “no. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad goals. 3 goals in ten minutes or whatever, you can’t expect to finish the game. What can I say, I have to be better…I’m not going to try and explain it. The biggest thing is confidence, just to let yourself play your game and not over think or try too hard. It’s been a stretch where I have been doing a lot of good things but if you make a mistake it’s one too many.”
  • Are you healthy, “Yea…definitely. I work hard in practice. I think it comes down to just believing in what you do. It’s been a tough stretch here. We are giving up too many goals and that is the problem. It’s how you approach things and how you think and stay confident.”



8 comments
Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Two of the three goals he gave up last night were not his fault.  Of greater concern is the putrid offense which is tied for the second fewest goals scored in the league.  Welcome to the NHL Dylan McIlrath, your new nickname is Linda Ronstadt, I think the name of the song is "Blew By You".   It's always a good idea to learn how to skate before making the NHL.  Ugly, ugly, ugly.

middleswine
middleswine

Here's an idea: stop calling him "THE KING", he hasn't won anything. Stop marketing "THE CROWN COLLECTION" and branding yourself with the NYR logo and focus on winning hockey games. Henrik is a joke, and a marketing gimmick from Dolan. It is sad, pathetic, and a disgrace to Rangers fans that we've been force fed the "greatness" of this dude for so long and while he was floundering, faltering, and obviously showing a massive decline Dolan gave him a huge contract and EVERYONE who covers the Rangers ate it up. Hook, line, and sinker. Sad. Let's Go Rangers. Please find a way to win in spite of our "King" in net.

Ryan Kaye
Ryan Kaye

Time to man up "King" Henrik.  Night after night its another excuse saying he needs to be better.  Talk is cheap.

savedoctor
savedoctor

@middleswine Talbot has clearly outplayed him.  Either AV is an idiot for not riding Talbot until he goes cold, or there are orders from Sather &/or Dolan requiring AV to start Lundqvist.  This is the NHL - it's supposed to be a results oriented business, i.e., "what have you done for me lately?"  While Hank has an amazing resume over 8 seasons, plus his international resume, he has sucked this year.  Meanwhile, Talbot has played very, very well.  Contracts, expectations, egos & nostalgia aside, who is the better goalie RIGHT NOW?  That would be Talbot, and for the time being, that should be who starts.  But Dolan is our owner and Sather is our GM, so we will just continue to lose and suffer.

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

@middleswineperpetual lundqvist hater continues to hate.  you make decent points but you yourself try to sell it too much.  as soon as you said "massive" you lost me. stop trying so hard.

middleswine
middleswine

@savedoctor@middleswineKeep in mind Hank won a Gold medal in 2006. In 2010 his Olympics were average at best. The contract seemed to be a reaction to Talbot starting back to back. Dolan makes ALOT of money on marketing Hank; they aren't worried about winning as much as they're worried about selling merchandise.

middleswine
middleswine

@Ed Zambrano@middleswineI'm not a "Lundqvist hater", whatever that is. He's literally the face of the franchise and his accountability has been "the team doesn't score", and "I have to play better". Gee, thanks. Look at Chicago, they've won two cups with two different goalies in three years because they have focused on a core of forwards and defensemen, not one overpaid GQ model.