Henrik Lundqvist put on a masterclass in goal with 40 saves as the Rangers beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime.
Henrik Lundqvist put on a masterclass in goal with 40 saves as the Rangers beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime.
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
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."
Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers on Wednesday, his 10th straight start. (NYR)
From the Rangers game notes:
During this stretch of starts, Lundqvist is 7-2 with a .921 save percentage.
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."
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)
11/16 | 7:07AM: Henrik Lundqvist spoke after the game in Chicago and said (NYR):
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.
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.
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)
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):
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)
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)
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.
During Raanta's stretch of starts, Alain Vigneault said that Raanta deserved to play but that the Rangers were still Lundqvist's team.
Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the Rangers loss to the Sharks and said:
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)
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."
On MSG, Henrik Lundqvist was asked about the game tying goal that Sidney Crosby score and said:
Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss in Columbus and said:
The Rangers (1-3) visit the Blue Jackets Friday night in Columbus.
Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers loss to St. Louis and said:
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.
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.
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
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):
5:10PM: Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight against Montreal. (NYR)
Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on MSG following the loss to the Leafs and said:
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."
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 )
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."
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)
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.
Henrik Lundqvist was on NHL Tonight last night and said (NHL):
Henrik Lundqvist was on ABC 7 this morning as a guest on LIVE with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.
Lundqvist said the following:
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.
Henrik Lundqvist posted on Instagram last night that he is back in New York.
Click below to see the video.
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.
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)
Henrik Lundqvist was on the ice today working on his footwork on the ice and posted the following video.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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!!!"
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)
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)