Jeff Klein wrote in the NY Times, “Team Richards goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who last played competitive hockey in May, when the Rangers lost to the Devils in the Eastern Conference finals, was brilliant. He stopped three breakaways, four penalty shots and 56 shots in all, showing the spectacular form that earned him the Vezina Trophy last season.”
Andrew Wisniewski tweeted, “he was stopping everything, breakaways, odd man rushes, tip-ins, it was quite the sight…even the flyer fans were applauding”
Pat Leonard tweeted this quote from Scott Hartnell, “We were joking after the 1st that now the Rangers will want to play really bad because he’s on fire.”
Following the game, Henrik told Pat Leonard “I’ve been skating with one guy. Mentally, it’s been terrible. But technically it’s been probably pretty good” and “I want to play real games, but it was probably the best feeling I’ve had in a long time.”
Henrik Lundqvist returned form Sweden and will be taking part in the charity game on Saturday in Atlantic City.
In an interview with the AP, Henrik Lundqvist talked about trying to stay busy in case something happens either here or in Sweden.
Lundqvist said that he is skating every week but the situation isn’t ideal.
He is very excited about playing in an actual game on Saturday.
Lundqvist said, “This is our lives. There is a business side to this sport; there is no way around it. When it comes down to just playing the game, I miss the lifestyle, I miss travelling and playing the games and having the adrenaline. It’s just such a big part of my life. It’s definitely been a weird two months here not having that. That’s why it’s a lot of fun to get together and play the game.”
He said that he was a little embarrassed that a deal hasn’t happened yet.
At Hockey Sverige, Uffe Bodin is upset that Henrik Lundqvist was not nominated for the Jerring Prize which is the most prestigious Swedish athletic award and is voted on by the Swedish People.
Bodin writes that the NHL audience in Sweden is shrinking and that he feels that Lundqvist has fallen into the same category of Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom who (with 7 Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe, 4 Stanley Cup Rings and 11 All-Star Game appearances) doesn’t get the recognition that he deserves in his home country.
He says that it took until the Gold Medal game in 2006, where Lidstrom scored the game winner, for people to start appreciating him and allow him to be a “household name”
On Lundqvist, Bodin says, “being appointed to the NHL’s best goalie is reasonably the same as appointed to the best goalkeeper in the world. Is it the best hockey goalie in the world and also play in one of the world’s great metropolises, New York, then you are a damn good ambassador for Sweden. Probably a better and more important than any ambassador who wins the Olympics / World Cup / European Championship medal in an obscure sport that rarely see the light of day.”
On the Frolunda website, they said the reason was “Want to see Frölunda pride carved in stone above the Scandinavium? Now it may come true! Among Göteborg more than a thousand statues are a few sports-related. But the statue of Gothenburg greatest hockey player conspicuous by their absence. We want to change that!”
Lundqvist said that he would vote for Niklas Andersson and said that he did many good things for Frolunda over the years.
Andersson played for Frolunda from 2001 to 2011 and was a teammate of Lundqvist’s on the two championships that Frolunda won.
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Swedish newspaper Expressen wrote today, “In addition there are fiscal problems if Lundqvist is here more than 183 days and that the spouses Lundqvist, right in the middle of the trial period in order to obtain a green card (permanent residence) in the United States.”
Lundqvist said that he feels “lost and weird mentally” not playing hockey.
“I get very hungry, not just to jump in and play with Frölunda but to play hockey at all.” Lundqvist added that he feels the adrenaline pumping through his body when he watches Frolunda play and he wants to jump on the ice and play.
He said that nothing can replace that feeling of adrenaline that hockey brings him.
According to Aftonbladet, Frolunda is sending goalie Patrick Galbraith on loan to play more games but that with the situation continuing to be the same, where the Swedish Elite League won’t allow teams to sign players to lockout contracts, Henrik Lundqvist still isn’t any closer to playing for Frolunda.
A team official reiterated that the players, like Matt Duchene, that Frolunda has brought in are to replace injured players and that until the NHL season is cancelled, Lundqvist will have to keep waiting to play for Frolunda.
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Picture: Henrik Lundqvist’s Mask If He Plays For Frolunda
Henrik Lundqvist did an interview with Channel 24 in Sweden, via, and said that while he appreciates the time that he is getting to spend with his newborn daughter, he is starting to “climb the walls” because he wants to play hockey.”
Lundqvist wants to play for his hometown team in Frolunda but is forbidden to sign a deal unless it is for the whole season.
On the lockout specifically, Hank said “I am extremely disappointed that we are where we are., I definitely thought that we would have come up with a solution by now. Maybe I was naive, but I thought we would find a solution pretty fast given how good the league gone earnings in recent years., I hope they’ll find a solution soon. They want back their life. “