Henrik Lundqvist Video
Lundqvist has faced more shot attempts in the playoffs, 340, and stopped more shots, 318, than any other goalie in the playoffs.
Of the eight goals that Lundqvist had scored on him in games one and two, Pierre McGuire said on the radio yesterday that he was only in a real position to stop three of them.
Lundqvist said, "It's an absolute joke. Oh my god, it scares me. When it's such an obvious play...goalie interference and a kick and to still call that a goal...it scares me that someone can call that. It's unbelievable and it still upsets me because we had this game. They get a chance and someone wants them back in the game obviously because there is no other explanation.....but we played well....really well and we deserved it.
On being nominated for the Vezina and this year and last year, "It means a lot and I am really proud to be in that category. It's been an interesting year, a different year, shorter season, tight schedule. Things didn't go our way all the time but when you have to work really hard to get back in the race and then get in, it's a big reward. Last year I thought a lot of things were going our way and this year we had to work for it. Personally, maybe last year I had more highs but the consistency this year is something that I am happy with.
Rick Nash told John Giannone that Lundqvist is the "backbone" of this team and "he was great tonight."
Mike Keenan said on the Rangers post game show that Lundqvist made many "critical" saves and that when you see how he reacts at the end of a game, it's not just relief, but he is fired up about getting the win.
John Tortorella said before game four against New Jersey that Hank is "never satisfied. That's what everybody loves about him here in the organization. He's never satisfied. So he wants to be better."
Tortorella has also said many times this season that Lundqvist can get better and that is something the goalie agrees with,"The day you say you cant get better is the time to quit. You can always push yourself and improve your game and learn things about yourself and the game and as a person the last few years I have realized how things work."
Brian Leetch said of Lundqvist yesterday, "for two periods there was one man holding the fort and that was Henrik Lundqvist. We have seen this before it's the reason he is up for the Vezina and the Hart. He was the Rangers MVP today."
Leetch continued his praise of Lundqvist, on MSG, by saying, "he has been the face of the Rangers since the lockout. On the ice he continues to be the foundation that this team is built around. The players are only allowed to do what coach Tortorella wants is because of him. He is in the prime of his career and has taken the responsibility to excel in the playoffs
Half of those shots came in the second period where the Caps had the Rangers pinned in their zone.
On how he approached the second period barrage, Henrik Lundqvist said on MSG last night, "1-0 game, game seven, I knew the next goal was going to be so important to this game."
Two of the three goals the Capitals scored on Saturday were in the upper part of the net.
Capitals goalie coach and former Vezina Trophy Winner, Olaf Kolzig said of Lundqvist, "his angles are so good and he plays so wide. You?ve got to beat him with a good shot, a good high shot.?
It was the fifth time so far in the playoffs that Lundqvist has allowed one goal or fewer.
At ESPN.com, Craig Custance writes that the win was of special importance to Hank:
Hank said to SNY after the game, with a big smile, "I kept telling myself that they are going to come, they are going to come. But we were everywhere, diving and blocking shots.
He added, "it was exciting, it was fun. You just know that if they get a goal they get the momentum and it's important to make that extra save because you know things can change so fast
Hank had a career high in wins, save percentage and goal against average this season.
Lundqvist told Katie Strang at ESPN NY, that feels honored but knows that he needed help to get nominated "I'm really honored and proud. I take a lot of pride in that. I worked really hard. I wanted to push my game this year. I prepared a certain way to be ready for this year, with all the things we had going on early on. I feel great about it. I'm really happy about it also. I think the team should take some credit for that, absolutely, without them, there's no way I'd be up there. I'm happy about that."
In the post game on MSG, John Tortorella said of Lundqvist, "We have an identity that we have tried to cultivate in our locker room and every time he plays it starts with him."
Joe Micheletti said "He epitomizes what this team is all about." Joe also praised Lundqvist's ability to focus.
For the Rangers, the biggest reason was goaltender and probable Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist.
At CBC, Justin Piercy asks, "Does a (somewhat) rested Henrik Lundqvist finally have the team in front of him to make a deep run?"
On MSG, John Tortorella said of Lundqvist, "I'm glad Hank got a bunch of work and it's the best I have seen him play in a few weeks. It was a good game for him. He just looked confident...it was the most confident I had seen him in a few weeks."
Dan Girardi told the Rangers twitter feed, ""Hank seems to amaze me every game...what he did for us tonight, I don't have the words"
In those seven games, Henrik Lundqvist is 5-2 and John Tortorella said before the game on MSG that it's all about getting ready for the next challenge:
"Henrik is very hard on himself and I think that he is trying to find his game from where it was a little while ago. He is still playing very good, I think for him that he needs to get into some kind of flow. We have done our work throughout the year, Marty has done his work and we are by that now. We are trying to prepare everyone for playoffs, Henrik being one of them so I think it's very important to let him play and work at his game."From the Rangers Game Notes, "Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to improve to 37-16-5 overall, with a 17-8-3 mark on the road.? He has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 39 games this season, including in five of the last seven games.? Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 59 times in his career, posting a record of 38-14-7 with a 1.84 GAA, .934 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.? With the win, Lundqvist became the 45th goaltender in NHL history to record 250 career wins."
On how what has pushed him this season, Lundqvist told told Sportsnet "You don't know how many chances you get to play in the playoffs. I just felt that coming into this year I just wanted to do everything that I could to help this team have success."
Brad Richards added "We probably had the best player in the league in Lundqvist" and Ryan Callahan said "He gives you a lot of confidence. If you make a mistake or have a breakdown he is going to be able to stop it. A lot of games this year he has kept us in games, he has won games for us."
When asked yesterday how he was feeling physically, Henrik Lundqvist told Blueshirts United:
Every time when you go into the last few weeks you don't feel tired. You are excited to play and since we don't practice that much you save energy for the games. I think the biggest difference this year was December and not playing as much and sometimes in the past maybe I would have felt a little tired, but this year I feel fresh all the time. this time of year you just want to go out and play.Lundqvist said that he felt good last season when he started every game from February 11th to the end of the season.
On his play right now, Hank said in the NY Post, ?I?m trying to push myself to be a little bit sharper where I can be the difference in games, because the difference really is so small.?
I asked Lundqvist about his header today. "That one actually hurt," he admitted. Said semi-sheepishly that coaches hate when he does it.Baker has more on Lundqvist heading the puck at Grantland
? katiebakes (@katiebakes) March 4, 2012