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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist put on a masterclass in goal with 40 saves as the Rangers beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. 

Each team were held scoreless through two periods but it was the Rangers who blinked first, but Chris Kreider equalized before Mats Zuccarello won it in overtime. << Box score

First period

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Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast scored two goals apiece and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves as the Rangers won for the ninth time in 11 games with a 6-1 win over the Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Wednesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:52 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Brendan Smith, J.T. Miller
  • 2:26 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Brady Skjei
  • 8:50 CAR Sebastian Aho (PPG); Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Faulk
  • 10:47 NYR Paul Carey; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Nick Holden

Second period:

  • NONE

Third period:

  • 0:20 NYR Kreider (PPG); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Zibanejad
  • 5:45 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash
  • 12:26 NYR Fast; Assists: Steven Kampfer
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes have a common theme as they prepare to meet for the first time this season Wednesday night.

They are both on pretty good rolls as they carry good vibes into the matchup at PNC Arena.

"The league is so competitive you have to be on the top of your game every night to get any points," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "It's hard to see a difference between teams. It's going to be a tight race right to the end, I think. The deciding factor is going to be consistency."

 

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers on Wednesday, his 10th straight start. (NYR)

From the Rangers game notes:

  • Over his last two appearances, Lundqvist has posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 1.03 GAA, a .968 SV% (60 saves on 62 shots), and 1 SO.
  • He has also allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last five appearances, posting a 3-2-0 record, along with a 2.12 GAA, a .937 SV%, and 1 SO over the span.
  • He is tied for second in the NHL in appearances this season (18), and he has been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in nine of his 18 appearances.

During this stretch of starts, Lundqvist is 7-2 with a .921 save percentage.

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Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers win over Ottawa and said (NYR Game Notes, MSG, NYR):

  • On what the team did successfully tonight"[We had] good reads. We put pressure when we needed to, we stepped back when we had to. They have some really skilled players, players that can shoot the puck too, and you have to respect that. The key to tonight was our penalty kill. We talked about it going into this game. I think the last couple of weeks we've been doing a really good job and tonight the focus was there and the determination was there to really kill off every power play. It set the tone in the first with some big kills. It was the difference tonight I think, not letting them have a goal there and kind of change the momentum of the game, so it was huge for us."

  • On playing with patience against Ottawa tonight"Especially a team that plays like Ottawa, 1-3-1. It's not the most entertaining hockey but they win a lot of games because they stick to their system. As an opponent, you have to make good reads and know when to step up and when to play it safe. We had good scouting reports going into this game and I thought we executed exactly the way we discussed going into the game. Patience is key. It helps when you get the lead that's for sure. They have to open up a little bit more."

  • On the save against Mike Hoffman…"That's old school right there. I think the last few weeks I have been playing a little more aggressive so my side-to-side movements are sometimes a little longer. I felt like in that situation there was a long way to go so that's why I decided to go two-pad stack there and it worked out. When you get that kind of support like I got tonight, clearing in front of me and getting to rebounds, it's easy to play in goal. You just try to be solid and be there. They didn't have much and the guys played a really smart game tonight. That's great to see."

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start tomorrow against the Blue Jackets. (NYR)

Lundqvist stopped 30 shots lat night before being pulled in the middle of the third period.

In two previous starts against Columbus, Lundqvist has stopped 62 of 67 shots.

Brendan Smith will also return to the Rangers lineup. (NYR)

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11/16 | 7:07AM: Henrik Lundqvist spoke after the game in Chicago and said (NYR):

  • "the way we started the third, it was not a fun feeling to be out there. The things we did so well in the first two periods were not there in the first 10 of the third and that was the game. They got to loose pucks and rebounds and we did that really well for two periods but they went up with their mindset in the third and we weren't really ready. If you look at the goals, it's in front, like I said, that is something we have been doing pretty good on this winning streak, trying to keep it tight and make plays in front and when you don't good players can make you pay."
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Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Edmonton Oilers during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

CHICAGO -- The New York Rangers will try to extend their six-game winning streak when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night at the United Center.

New York (9-7-2) has outscored opponents 26-16 during its streak, which has included two overtime wins on the road and four regulation wins on home ice. A dynamic offensive attack has powered the Rangers, who have scored at least four goals in seven of their past eight contests.

As the Rangers surge, Chicago (8-8-2) is looking to break out of a slump. The Blackhawks have lost three of their past four games and squandered a three-goal lead in their most recent contest.

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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Tonight against Chicago, Henrik Lundqvist will make his 7th straight start for the Rangers.

Alain Vigneault said that Lundqvist has gotten the past 6 starts and will get tonight's start due to a spread out schedule and that when the schedule changes the coaches will "make the best decision for the team."

Vigneault said that right now Lundqvist is "very fresh" and reiterated that the team has not set a limit on how many games Lundqvist will play this season.

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Alain Vigneault and Henrik Lundqvist talk about the Rangers' confidence, as they look to push their winning streak to seven games.
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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist is 5-0 in his past five starts, allowing 14 goals on 154 shots and stopping 91% of his shots.

Lundqvist has won 6 of his last 7 after going 1-3-2 to start the season.

Lundqvist said that he is feeling "better and better" but that his improved play goes "hand-in-hand" with the structure being played in front of him. (NYR Game Notes)

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Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Henrik Lundqvist said on Monday that he is feeling "pretty good" after some practice days and that he is trying to gather as much "energy and focus" as he can before tomorrow's game against Vegas. (NYR)

Lundqvist said that this week is a "good test" for the Rangers against some teams that are playing well and finding ways to win. (NYR)

He added that (NYR):

  • "something we did really well last year was that we weren't great all the time but we were finding ways to win. A lot of that is confidence.
  • Right now everyone has to focus on our own performance and figure out how we can help the group.
  • If we have 20 guys doing that tomorrow we will have a chance at winning a game and gaining some confidence and then you build."

Lundqvist said that it's important for everyone to focus on their roles and not try to do too much, saying that his role is to "stop pucks and try to make a difference when the team needs me." (NYR)

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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

On Saturday in Montreal, Henrik Lundqvist said that he viewed Ondrej Pavelec's back to back starts as a chance for him to work on his game and get better. (Newsday)

Lundqvist said that he needs to make better decisions and that he needs to bring what he is doing in practice into a game. (Newsday)

He said that there are a lot of blowouts now and "you really have to push yourself to play on top of things to have results." (NY Post)

Lundqvist is 2-4-2 this season with a save percentage of .900 and GAA of 3.11.

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Oct 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ondrej Pavelec will start for the second straight game bringing up some memories of last season when Antti Raanta made four straight starts for the Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist as his back up.

Raanta won back to back starts, stopping 43 of 44 shots, was named second star of the week, won a third game before dropping his fourth start.

During Raanta's stretch of starts, Alain Vigneault said that Raanta deserved to play but that the Rangers were still Lundqvist's team.

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Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the Rangers loss to the Sharks and said:

  • On what happened after the third goal, "I just got stuck with my foot and twisted my leg a little bit but that is the least of my concerns right now. It was a game where too many bad things happened. It starts with the deflection there on our own guy, that set the tone for this game. Bad read on the second goal, in the third we battled really hard but they scored that late one to take the momentum away from us. They play smart but in the end that mistake I made on the second goal is something that I have to do a lot better. I got caught ahead of the play analyzing what is going to happen after he puts it in front."
  • On the early goals against, "when we are in the position where we start the game chasing it's so much harder. We are trying to come out prepared. It's a nothing play, it's a shot and it hits our guy and then it's in and it's uphill. If we are 5-1 it might be different bu right now we are looking for good feeling. To start the game chasing is not easy. We showed last game that when we have the lead we don't have to force anything, felt like we tried really hard and created some looks throughout the game. It's definitely, we are not in a place where we want to be, obviously but we have to keep working and try to turn things around. Last game was a lot of good things and tonight's game was a lot of good things but the start set the tone."
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Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

To start this season, Henrik Lundqvist is 2-3-2 with a 2.99 GAA and save percentage of .907.

Lundqvist said that he tries not to overreact to his numbers and that Benoit Allaire is always honest with him and tells him the truth. (NY Post)

In three of his last four appearances Lundqvist has had a save percentage of at least. .920.

Lundqvist said that he is feeling better than how he played last year and feels that when he is at his best he is still one of the best in the league. (Expressen)

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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers loss to the Islanders and said (MSG, NYR Game Notes):

On whether he allows himself any satisfaction in gaining a point tonight given the big saves he made …"

  • Yes and no. I think this game and last game we showed a lot of good things, the way we battled back. Again, tough start. We start the game on the PK and they get a goal right away. It's too many games now where we give up the first goal. I have to be better; as a group we have to be better. Just really focus on the first 10 (minutes) to give us a chance to feel good about ourselves."

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On MSG, Henrik Lundqvist was asked about the game tying goal that Sidney Crosby score and said:

  • On the tying goal, "I think you watched five replays so you probably know what happened, he banged it off me and it's not the first time that happens. As a goalie you just need to make sure you are alert. Try to deflect the pass but when it goes right at you like that, sometimes you need some luck. I didn't have it in that situation. I don't know what else to say. It was a tough goal to give up late in the game. Sometimes it's easy to face a shot then have a play like that where my stick is there and it's a just a bad bounce, that is what it is."
  • Were you surprised on the tying goal, "when the puck is there you wait for the next play and when it bangs it off your stick like that you hope it doesn't go the way it went in. It went back and not in front of me. Sometimes you need to hide behind the post and some players, Crosby does it a lot. Just gotta learn from it. Maybe it was a little surprising, I didn't expect that."
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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss in Columbus and said:

  • On the third, "just coming up short. It's not enough, we need more, obviously. We aren't getting wins and it's not good. There are a lot of areas we are doing well but the one thing we have to clean up is the amount of turnovers. Turnovers are killing us. We are a fast team when we put the puck in the right place but now we have to defend a lot because of turnovers. That is something we have to discuss and do better. Other than that it's a lot of good things, special teams are doing a good job. The intensity is out there, it's just turnovers. We work on that and we start winning."
  • On things you can control, "if you look at the chances they had tonight, I think most of it we brought on ourselves. It happens and it's a fast game and a game of mistakes because of the pressure. Just have to make sure it's not too many. We had our chances to go up 2-0 in the second period and instead they get the late one, a bad bounce and it's a different game going into the third."
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Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers (1-3) visit the Blue Jackets Friday night in Columbus.

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Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers loss to St. Louis and said:

  • On the early goal, "it just means that it's a game where you have to be strong mentally. I think I played a pretty solid game, made some good saves but it's not the start we are looking for. We talked about how important it is that first shift to set the tone. It's tougher for everyone when you get behind a goal like that. They are a good team, we did not get a lot of open chances in front. We had to work really hard to get in front of the net, that is why they are a good team. After the first couple of minutes we settled down and played a strong game but you need a little extra to get in front to create the big chances."
  • On Schenn's goal, "honestly, I don't know how that finds the net. It was frustrating to see it go in, it was a quick play from the boards, I don't know if it's off my skate and up. From that angle it was tough to see. After that we regrouped as a team, and played a strong game it was just not enough. We had some good looks to tie it up but he made some saves. With some luck we could have easily tied the game. We have a few days to regroup and we have a big one, the next one, we need to get a win here."
  • Is there concern, "I think it's important that you have urgency, doesn't matter if it's game 4 or 74. We lost a few games here, it's important that we get the urgency and realize how important the next game is and the game after that see it as a big game every night. It's going to be a tight race and if you want to be in it you need to be ready now even though it's October. We have to go to work and make sure we play our best game in Columbus."
  • "I feel like my game is coming, feel better and better but we wanted a better start."
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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) carries the puck during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) carries the puck during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The New York Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist will look to build off their first win of the season when they continue a heavy stretch of home games with a Tuesday contest against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden.

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Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

10:18PM: Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on MSG following the Rangers win and said:

On the win, "it was very important to bounce back for all of us and the way that we won the game, this is how we have to play, you need to do every little thing right, such a big difference to play a game where everybody knows what is happening out there. Yesterday we played a team that probably has the most skill in the league and if you aren't in the right place it's going to be a long one. Yesterday was very tough, especially for me in the first period. Today, the first 10 we were trying to get going a little bit and then we got two calls, correct calls and that helped us settle down a little bit. We got the first goal and it really helped our game to settle things down and play a smart game. We need to rely on our speed when the opportunity for it. We are not forcing things and need to play on the right side of the puck and we did that tonight."

"it's a big difference when there is a lot of work on structure. Lots of work yesterday and it wasn't easy. Guys were so good about being on the right side of the puck and putting pressure on the guy coming in to take that shot and as a goalie it's a lot easier to read. It felt really good to get that support and we wanted to play a solid hockey game. The first two games were back and forth and it's a little risky. Tonight we played more of our style and used our speed when the opportunity was there. For me, a couple extra saves was enough. Didn't need to make 8-9 big ones, it was a couple of extra here and there and the guys took care of it. It was a great team win and bounce back for us."

9:55PM: Henrik Lundqvist was awarded the Broadway Hat following tonight's first win of the season.

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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored while Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:25 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller

Second period:

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

7:04PM: Brendan Smith and Filip Chytil are scratched for tonight's game and both Nick Holden and Steven Kampfer are playing. (MSG)

5:19PM: Vigneault said before the game (NYR):

  • Who is starting, "Hank. Quick talk with Benny last night, there was no structure in front of Hank. He only played a period and he's our guy."
  • "I just felt that Filip was having a tough time finding his way on the ice and just needed to shorten up our bench as far as forwards and that is what we did at the beginning of the second."
  • Any lineup changes, "I'm contemplating right now certain decisions that we might make for tonight. Still have a little time here and sorting them out."
  • "My only focus since the end of last night's game was to put the best lineup we can and that is my focus right now."
  • "It's a big game."
  • "In both games there are a lot of things that I liked, we came back from deficits, 2-0, down 5-1 and came back. Weren't able to pull it off in either of those games. It might be early on but points are important. The way you play are important. Right now our starts have not been too my liking and the score has dictated that. We need to be better and that is what I am looking for our team to be tonight."
  • On DeAngelo, "competition has gotten better and he is a young player. He has a tremendous amount of upside but with any young player there is a learning curve. Anthony is going to be fine, great skill set, couple of things he has to work on and he will be a good player for us."

5:10PM: Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight against Montreal. (NYR)

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Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on MSG following the loss to the Leafs and said:

  • On the game, "the first period was embarrassing. Not what you are looking for in the second game. I need to be better, it was a period where they were just all over us. There was no structure in our own end and I was unable to come up with enough saves. They are a good team, a really good team and they make you pay if you are not sharp with your decisions, especially in your own end. For me, a couple of the goals, you make a save and try to be in the right place and they come right back at you. It was a tough one, I gave up five goals in one period. Not going to try to look for excuses, I need to be better even though it was a really tough period to play." 
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Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers loss and said (NYR Game Notes):

On whether it was difficult for him to get comfortable early with all the emotion in the building…"No, I think the biggest thing when you haven't played for 10 days, you just try to go out there and build your game. We talked about going into this game that their strength is their speed and transition game. Looking at the result here and what happened, I think that's where they really hurt us - in the odd-man rushes when their D jumped in almost every time to make it a 3-on-2 or 4-on-3. Other than that, I thought we played really well, good energy, we created a lot. In the third, we definitely had our chances to tie this game up."

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before a preseason game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before a preseason game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Craig Custance of The Athletic asked a panel of NHL related personnel to rank all of the starting goalies in the NHL on a scale of 1 (the best) to 5 (the worst).

Henrik Lundqvist checked in at #10 on the list with an average score of 2.20, up from his score of 1.85 in 2016 and his numbers from 2015 (1.04) and 2014 (1.00 - perfect score). (The Athletic )

A coach, as part of the panel, said that Lundqvist has "slipped a little" while another said that he can still be "great" but that it's "overemphasized" when he is. (The Athletic )

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On the first day of training camp, Alain Vigneault said that he spoke with Henrik Lundqvist and Rangers goalie coach Benoit Allaire about consistency.

Vigneault said that last season the Rangers got a "tremendous" amount of "A" games last season but the Rangers need "a bit more consistency."

He added, "in my mind he is still an elite, top-five goalie."

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) clears the puck during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) clears the puck during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 of 39 shots in the Rangers OT win over the Flyers on Monday including all 15 in the third period.

Overall in the preseason, Lundqvist stopped 71 of 76 shots.

He said that getting a lot of work on Monday was "perfect" and that he is looking for "a lot of action" in the preseason so that he can get feedback on his performance. (NYR Game Notes)

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Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Apr 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

9/16/17 | 11:47AM: Lundqvist, on Friday, said about this change "I always like that mindset, not to focus on one number, that is the approach that I like. You need to feel it out and it's a long season and a lot of things happen and you need to go with the flow and sometimes you need more practice, it's hard to predict in November what is best for you in April. I agree with that approach and I look forward to playing as hard as I can and earning my minutes by playing well." (NYR)

9/15/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that he had spoken with Henrik Lundqvist and Benoit Allaire and that they won't be giving out a number or projecting out how many games Lundqvist will play this season.

Vigneault said that Lundqvist won't have a "set number of games" and that he will be in communication with Allaire and Lundqvist on a game to game basis.

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Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist was on NHL Tonight last night and said (NHL):

  • On his knee, "I'm feeling good. I took some time off after the World Championships, rested up in Sweden and then started training the way I have been training the past 12-13 years. Nothing really changed, I just need an extra couple of weeks before the start of training but I've been skating since the start of August. No issues at all, feels really good to be back on the ice and August is a month where you have to work really hard to get."
  • On his Statue of Liberty pads, "when it comes to design, as a goalie you have an opportunity to express yourself on the mask and now the pads will be more design. Working with Bauer they can print design on the pads and you can get a lot of detail work in there. For my design, I like sharp edges and find it more aggressive and I like that look. The Statue of Liberty has been there but it's just the beginning, I'll probably switch the design a couple of times during the season and we will see where it ends up."
  • On 9/11, "I've been in NY for 12 years and coming over for my first year, you understand the impact, not only companies but families, friends, colleagues, they were all impacted by this day. You understand the importance of this day. You reflect but you also appreciate how the City came together after it happened. I really admire the way the City bounced back and it's important to really not forget and to remember what happened but also how the City moved on. As an athlete you understand importance but also want to help and honor and support people who have been through it."
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Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 29, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period of game two in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist was on ABC 7 this morning as a guest on LIVE with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

Lundqvist said the following:

  • He spent the summer in Sweden, as he has done the past 12 years, and spends time with family and friends that he doesn't see much during the season.
  • "the season ended too fast in New York, this was in May, and I decided to go back and play for Team Sweden with my brother, he was the captain of Team Sweden and we hadn't played together in 12 years. I went back and we were able to win the World Championships together, it was amazing. Growing up as a twin we did everything together and for us it started with a dream of playing for our country and win something together. To stand on the blue line and see the flag go up it was something that I will never forget."
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8/30/17 | 4:54PM: The Rangers have also noted that Zuccarello was on the ice today. (NYR)

8/29/17 | 1:05PM: About 10 Rangers were on the ice yesterday including Lundqvist, Grabner, Marc Staal, Kevin Shattenkrik, Vince Pedrie and Neal Pionk. (NYR)

8/28/17 | Henrik Lundqvist is on the ice today, with other teammates, at the Rangers training center preparing for the season.

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Apr 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates an empty net goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Apr 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates an empty net goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist posted on Instagram last night that he is back in New York.

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Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up prior to the semifinal game against Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports  (John E. Sokolowski)
Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up prior to the semifinal game against Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist said that despite the NHL saying that they won't shut down for the Olympics, he still expects there to be discussions about it this fall. (TV2)

Lundqvist said that he thinks it would be a nice marketing opportunity to bring the NHL players to South Korea and that it would help grow the game. (TV2)

Lundqvist has remained consistent in his hope that the NHL will allow players to play in the Olympics.

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Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) after defeating the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) after defeating the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist said earlier today that he was heading to Oslo, Norway to see an "old friend" and announce something.

That announcement appears to be a joint charity game next August with Mats Zuccarello at a soccer field in Norway. (Dagsavisen)

Zuccarello and Lundqvist said that they hope to involve many NHL players in the game and that the stadium holds 25,000 people. (TV2)

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Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up prior to the semifinal game against Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports  (John E. Sokolowski)
Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up prior to the semifinal game against Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist is on the ice in Sweden and practicing with his former team of Frolunda. (Expressen)

Lundqvist was on the ice with his brother Joel as well as Rangers first round pick Lias Andersson. (Expressen)

 

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Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is hurt after blocking a shot in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is hurt after blocking a shot in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

In a list compiled by the NHL Network, Henrik Lundqvist was ranked as the 8th best goalie in the NHL heading into this season.

Lundqvist is listed as the fourth goalie in the Metro Division, behind Brayden Holtby (2), Sergei Bobrovsky (3) and Matt Murray (4).

He is also ranked one spot below his former backup, Cam Talbot.

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

8/10/17 | 3:58PM: Lundqvist said he has resumed skating this summer at the same time that he does every year and that things start to ramp up when he gets on the ice. (NHL.com)

He said that it's a process, like every year, to feel comfortable but that he takes things "step by step." (NHL.com)

1:09PM: Henrik Lundqvist said that he has been on the ice lately and that "everything feels good." (Expressen)

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Following his 400th career win this season, Henrik Lundqvist spoke about goalie coach Benoit Allaire and said that Allaire has been the "most important person" to him during his time with the Rangers. (NYR)

Lundqvist said, "to have that consistency and someone who is so positive and so much structure in the way that he works. You get to know him over the years and he knows me really well, how I work, how I feel and it's just fun." (NYR)

He added that Allaire "knows how to push me and without question he has meant a lot to me personally and to my game and to develop it. I adjusted my game through the years and he has been a big part of that." (NYR)

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Henrik Lundqvist posted on Instagram a picture of pads that he may use this season.

The pads feature the ceiling of MSG, part of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

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Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Henrik Lundqvist says that he has played against new backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec many times in his career and that Pavelec as experience both as a starter and back up. (HockeySverige)

Lundqvist said that every time he plays with a new a goalie there are things he learns about training and preparation.

He said that the most "important thing" is that they develop a good relationship early on because they will spend a lot of time together and with goalie coach Benoit Allaire.

Pavelec has appeared in 11 games against Lundqvist in his career, stopping 92% of the shots, allowing 2.1 goals per game and pitching two shutouts with a record of 5-4-1. (Hockey Ref)

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Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is hurt after blocking a shot in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Apr 8, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is hurt after blocking a shot in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he still feels he has some "great hockey" left in him and that he is not near the end of his career. (Watch Journal, via Henrik Lundqvist Blog)

Lundqvist said that as he has gotten older he has learned he needs to spend more time care of his body off the ice as well as "preparing properly." (Watch Journal, via Henrik Lundqvist Blog)

He said, "those things are important at any age, but particularly for me at this point in my career. (Watch Journal, via Henrik Lundqvist Blog)

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Lias Andersson said on Friday that it feels "amazing" that he could be teammates with fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist. (NHL)

Andersson says that he knows Lundqvist a bit because Henrik played with Lias' father Niklas for four years in Sweden (2001-2005)

Niklas was also a longtime teammate of Henrik's twin brother Joel.

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Mar 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebate the game tying goal aginst the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mar 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) celebate the game tying goal aginst the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist posted on Instagram the following message about his now former teammate Dan Girardi, "For 11 years you have left everything you had in front of me. The way you competed and paid the price night in and night out inspired me more than you know. Will miss you on and off the ice. To me you are the definition of a warrior and I will ALWAYS appreciate what you have done for me and our team over the years. Thank you G!!!"

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reacts after giving up a goal to Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson during the second period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reacts after giving up a goal to Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson during the second period in Game 6 of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

7:22PM: Lundqvist suffered an "isolated MCL sprain" according to the Rangers. The team confirmed that this will need impact Lundqvist's summer training. (Newsday)

2:57PM: The Rangers say that they don't expect any disruption or issues with Lundqvist's offseason training or preparation. (Friedman)

8:25AM: Henrik Lundqvist said that he damaged ligaments in his knee during the World Championships and that he can't really do anything for 4-6 weeks. (Expressen)

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Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a break in the action against Team Europe during a semifinal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Sep 25, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a break in the action against Team Europe during a semifinal game in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he suffered a knee injury in Saturday's semi-final win over Finland.

Lundqvist said that around lunch time on Sunday he did not think that he would be able to play but the pain "disappeared" after undergoing acupuncture treatment. (Expressen)

He said that some pain returned to his knee about halfway through the game but said that all he was thinking about was stopping the next shot.(Expressen)

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