Henrik Lundqvist spoke today about facing former teammates Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman for the first time all three left the Rangers. (NYR)
Lundqvist said, “interesting battle. A couple of guys that I played with for quite some time and I got to know them really well. They are doing well and playing with a lot of confidence.”
Asked if it was going to be weird seeing Boyle and Callahan skating down on him, Lundqvist said “we will see but probably. You get used to it. You get to know a lot of players over the years and then they switch teams and then you face them in the next game. First time you see them out there in warmups it’s maybe a different look but then you get used to them and then you prepare for the game but not during the game. It’s more going into the game.”
Callahan and Lundqvist had been teammates since 2007, Boyle since 2009 and Stralman since 2011.
In giving away the hat, Benoit Pouliot said “great job boys, way to battle back. Everyone looked great, Hanky was solid in his end but I have to go with my neighbor Marc Staal.”
Following the Rangers win over the Hurricanes, Alain Vigneault was asked if he thought Henrik Lundqvist was ready for the playoffs.
Vigneault responded, “oh yea….he’s ready.”
- In 14 games in March, Lundqvist was 8-5-1 with a .917 GAA and a 2.44 goals against.
- In 4 games in April, Lundqvist is 2-1-1 with a .948 save percentage and a 1.71 goals against.
- On the season, Lundqvist is 32-24-5 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.39 goals against.
He said after the game against Carolina that he is trying to get into the habits of how he wants to play when the playoffs start, “you don’t want to change and you want to focus on the details, it needs to be here now and next week and you can’t take any shortcuts, you need to focus the same way and take each game as an important game. Who knows, it could play a huge part in the end if we get the extra points at the end and get a better spot.”
He added, “I think I am approaching the right way. Focusing the right way. Technically I am doing the right things in game and practice and there are always things here and there that you remind yourself to work on. I think I am getting closer to where I want to be and need to be as the games get tougher. I see it as a great challenge to reach your top level.
5PM: Lundqvist said today (Rangers):
- “the biggest goal that I have in my hockey career right now is to win the Stanley Cup. It’s exciting to think about and a big challenge for everyone in here. That is why we play. We enjoy this game but the best part is when you win and that is what drives you.”
- “sometimes it surprises me when someone talks about championships because we aren’t playing tennis or golf, this is a team sport and you need to be good but also part of a great team to win. You need to have timing as well when you play a team sport, to play on a team that gets on a roll. As a goalie I have a big part but it’s not tennis or golf. It’s not just you it’s about getting everything to work together and going from there.”
- On how he feels about the team, “it’s a process and I appreciate the patience that hte coahces showed early on because it took some time. I am proud that we overcame that and get back in and here we are and giving ourselves an opportunity to play in the playoffs. It’s been an interesting year and a year where you learn a lot about the team and yourself. A lot of ups and downs..you learn every year and each year is different. The team is different, new coach, new system so each year you have a different feel because the results are different and I try to learn every year.”
2:14PM: Alain Vigneault said after practice today that Henrik Lundqvist will start tomorrow against Buffalo but is 50/50 for Saturday’s game in Montreal. (Rangers)
When asked earlier in the week if he wants to consider resting at the end of the season, Lundqvist said “not really….we will have enough days to get ready for the playoffs but whatever they think is better for the group, I will go with it…..It’s crazy to think that the regular season is over on Saturday. It’s been an interesting year and the roller coaster of emotions and the ups and downs and you learn from it.”
Lundqvist said last night on MSG that he is trying to play the proper way now so that he doesn’t have to make any changes when the playoffs start next week. He said, “you can’t take any shortcuts, you need to focus the same way and take each game as an important game. Who knows, it could play a huge part in the end if we get the extra points at the end and get a better spot.”
Four four seasons Ulf Samuelsson was a teammate of Mike Richter’s and saw him win 122 of his 301 wins.
Samuelsson is now an assistant coach with the Rangers and saw Henrik Lundqvist break Richter’s franchise record for wins.
He said after Lundqvist picked up win 302 that both Richter and Lundqvist are “great goalies who both belong to the absolute elite layer.” Samuelsson added that it was an honor to be teammates with Richter and coach for Lundqvist. (Expressen)
Richter spoke about Lundqvist after Tuesday’s game.
Carl Hagelin, Rick Nash and Derek Stepan met with the media on Tuesday to discuss their time at the Olympics.
Stepan said (Rangers)
- What shape are you in, “I was able to skate quite a bit, I skated almost every morning. Off-days…it was just me and one or two other guys. You get a good skate and I knew that when the slotted time for their practice was done that I did a little work for myself too.”
Hagelin said (Rangers)
- On the Olympics, “just being part of such a great team and tournament will give me confidence moving forward. Hockey is so much about experience when you have been through something it will help you down the road. I had a lot of fun and got to play with some of the best players in the world. Winning the silver medal was pretty good too.”
Nash said (Rangers)
- On having a different role, “they prepared us for that in 2010. One of the big things going into the tournament was guys accepting roles that they don’t have with their club teams and everyone bought into the game plan.”
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