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.”
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.”
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)
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.”
- Mats Zuccarello: 3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 2PIM, 10 shots, minus two, 67:16 total and 22:25 per game. 52 seconds per shift.
- Carl Hagelin: 6 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, plus one, 13 shots, 64:48 total, 10:48 per game. 38 seconds per shift
- Henrik Lundqvist: 6 games, 159 shots against, 150 saves, .934 save percentage, 1.50 GAA, 2 shutouts, 5-1 record. 1 assist
- Rick Nash: 6 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 2 PIM, plus two, 10 shots on goal, 60:32 total, 10:05 per game. 35 seconds per shift
- Ryan McDonagh: 6 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, plus one, 9 shots on goal, 124:23 total, 20:43 per game. 50 seconds per shift
- Derek Stepan: 1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 shots, 4:59 total, 4:59 per game. 49 seconds per shift
- Ryan Callahan: 6 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, minus two, 5 shots on goal, 85:22 total, 14:13 per game. 43 seconds per shift
Lundqvist was named to the All-Tournament team (IIHF)
Canada defeated Sweden to win their second straight Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games.
- Jonathon Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored for Canada
Rick Nash played 9:46 with two shots. He played 3:11 in the first, 3:56 in the second and 2:39 in the third.
Sweden picked up the Silver Medal.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 of 36 shots. It’s his second career medal after winning Gold in 2006.
Carl Hagelin played 16:04 with 3 shots. He played 5:39 in the first, 4:39 in the second and 5:46 in the third.
He said, “In today’s modern day it’s Henrik Lundqvist who is the number one guy. Lundqvist still has to get the nod in net head to head based on experience. Lundqvist is so good playing at Olympic ice because he plays a deep game. He is at home on a lot of side to side plays but where that translates and where maybe Team Canada can get to him, just like in the NHL is there is no margin for error so if one sneaks through the body it will go in”
McKennan adds, “he has played a game like Finland where he made a great backdoor save on Selanne today where he plays that deep style, that east/west. If Canada plays that North/South and gets in his grill and creates a lot of traffic they can get to him. He does get frustrated. He is the type of guy that I have noticed can get a little more frustrated as guys get bodies in front. I think that is where Canada will try to push him.”
Team USA lost to Finland 5-0 in the Bronze medal game and will finish fourth in the tournament.
Ryan McDonagh played 19:26, had one shot and was a minus two . He played 7:01 in the first, 5:08 in the second and 7:17 in the third.
Ryan Callahan played 13:20 and was a minus two . He played 4:38 in the first, 2:56 in the second and 5:46 in the third period.