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Dec 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) skates during practice for the Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) skates during practice for the Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

James Dolan told Larry Brooks of the NY Post that the Rangers spoke with Henrik Lundqvist and offered to find a "good landing place" for him if he didn't want to go through the rebuild. (NY Post)

Lundqvist declined the offer and said that he wants to see it through, something that Dolan said he was happy to hear. (NY Post)

Dolan said that Lundqvist was able to keep the Rangers in the playoff race for a while this season and that having him "in place gives us a great foundation going forward." (NY Post)

Lundqvist said repeatedly, before and after the Rangers announced they would be selling, that he wants to stay with the Rangers.

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Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 50 saves against the Calgary Flames on Friday night. (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 50 saves against the Calgary Flames on Friday night. (AP)

10:02PM: Lundqvist is expected to undergo PRP therapy and rest for three weeks before starting his normal offseason program. (NY Post)

Lundqvist's MRI revealed no structural damage to the knee. (NY Post)

6:47PM: On breakup day last week, Henrik Lundqvist revealed that he had been playing most of the season with a knee injury.

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Rangers' Kevin Shattenkirk and Henrik Lundqvist discuss the team's outlook for next season after missing the playoffs this season.

Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist and others made posts on social media following the end of the season:

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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the loss to Philadelphia and said (ESPN Radio):

  • "It's hard to say how I feel right now. We knew this was going to be the last game, we knew it would be a tough game against a good team, desperate team. The last couple of weeks I have had time to think about the season and try to figure out what went wrong and analyze. The first half, I felt really good. Felt as good as I have felt in a few years, we were winning and right there and then the injuries started to come and we started to lose and it was too tough for us to recover from that. After the change we were never really close to getting back in the race."
  • "I think the next few month will be crucial or the team, organization. Decisions and how we analyze it and it's on all of us players to come back and make sure we get back in the playoffs because that is where we want to be. It's about winning and the last two months it's been tough to really feel the job when you play the game. You compete and try to accomplish something and when you are not, it's not as much fun. You try to focus on things that make you better and enjoy the game but the biggest thing is winning games and when you are not it's a tough stretch. You look at the teams we are playing and what we are doing right now, the last couple of months, it is what it is and you have to accept it. It's been a tough stretch to go through. Spend the next couple of weeks analyzing everything, how to train, prepare for next year, it's technical, mental, physical. It's everything but I know it's right there. First half my numbers were some of the best in the league and make the All-Star team and the last few months it's been tough to make a difference."
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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)

The Rangers have announced that Henrik Lundqvist has been named team MVP.

This is Lundqvist's 9th time as MVP of the Rangers, also winning the award for seven consecutive seasons from 2006-07 to 2012-13 and then again in 2015-16.

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) comes off the ice before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) comes off the ice before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke after the loss to New Jersey and said (MSG):

  • "the reality is that over the last two months, when we play teams that are in the playoffs and above us, it's tough for us to win. They take advantage of our mistakes out there in a way where it's tough for us to stay in games. When you play teams below you or behind you in the standings you get away with it sometimes but you play good teams and they make you pay. It's about making the right reads and good decisions without the puck, blue lines, in our own end."
  • On the early goal allowed, "it's not the start we are looking for but when you play a good team you have to make good reads. It's tough to start the game that way. From there their PP really stepped up and that gave them a lot of confidence. We battled, we did but you could tell the difference of why they are in and why we are not and you gotta give them credit."
  • What can be learned from tonight, "to me, the skill is there, it's about reads and when to step up and stay back. That is the difference when you play good teams and teams below you in the standings because you get away with stuff like that. The reads are so critical and also managing the puck. Every game is different and hopefully we will analyze it the right way and get better and learn from every game."
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Henrik Lundqvist told the NY Post that next season has to be about winning games for the Rangers.

Lundqvist said that while the end of this season has been about young players gaining experience, next season isn't "about the process, it's about winning games." (NY Post)

He said that the Rangers have been doing everything possible to try to win and that the expectation is that all players need to "compete." (NY Post)

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Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist was named the Steve McDonald Extra Effort Award winner this season.

The award, which is chosen by fans, is awarded annually to a Ranger that "goes above and beyond the call of duty." It is named after New York City Police Detective Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the line of duty on July 12, 1986. He passed away on Jan. 10, 2017.

Lundqvist, who won the award back during his rookie season in 05-06, has appeared in 60 games with the Rangers this season, posting a 25-24-7 record, along with a 2.94 GAA, a .915 SV%, and 2 SO. He was a 2018 All-Star , making his fourth career appearance (2009, 2011, 2012, 2018).

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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Henrik Lundqvist starts in net tonight for the Rangers against the Capitals.

Lundqvist is making his first start since 3/20 after a collision against Columbus kept him out the past three games.

While speaking on Tuesday, Lundqvist said that he had a good skating and was looking forward to the game. (NYR)

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Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Alex Georgiev (40) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev (58) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Alex Georgiev (40) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev (58) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Alexandar Georgiev will make his second straight start tonight against the Sabres and be backed up by Ondrej Pavelec. (Newsday)

Henrik Lundqvist practiced on Friday but will not dress for the second straight game.

Alain Vigneault said that Lundqvist will play when he's ready but that it may be a few more days. (Newsday)

Lundqvist said that since he is dealing with a neck, head and back issue he will take things day by day and at the same time Georgiev gets to play some "big games." (Newsday)

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Henrik Lundqvist spoke after the game on MSG and said:

  • On the collision, "I was just surprised, I thought both of them saw me but I guess not. It hurt pretty much everywhere, my foot, my back, my neck. We will see how it feels tomorrow but it happens."
  • Did you expect contact, "no, if I expect contact I will stay facing forward but I thought I was in a good spot and I thought they both saw me, that is why I turned a little bit. I can't jump or do anything but like I said, it happens and we will see how it feels tomorrow. A little banged up right now."
  • On staying in, "I don't want to put George in that spot. It doesn't feel great, my ankle and my back, but 3-4 minutes to go, you are cold, I don't want to put him in that spot. It was one more shot or something, it was fine. I bet I will be sore tomorrow so we will play it day by day."
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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

7:22PM: Lundqvist spoke on Monday after practice and said that the Rangers need to make the most of the final 10 games and try to get as many wins as they can. (NYR)

He said that this stretch is about feeling good about your game, wanting to win and preparing to compete every night. (NYR)

Henrik said that he thinks Alex Georgiev has the tools to be with the Rangers next season and that he works hard and has a great mindset. (NYR)

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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Henrik Lundqvist said earlier this week that the rest of this season is about him wanting to feel good about his game and where the Rangers are headed. (NY Post)

He said that he is still taking things day by day and that he will have time to reflect after the season ends. (NY Post)

On how the season has gone, Lundqvist said that when you know you are going to get a lot of chances against you "you wind up trying to do too much even though you have it in your mind not to." (NY Post)

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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

On his 36th birthday, Henrik Lundqvist recorded 50 saves in the Rangers 3-1 win over Calgary.

It was the second straight game where Lundqvist has had 50 saves and he is the "first goaltender in NHL history (since saves were first tracked in 1955-56) to make 50 or more saves and earn a win in two consecutive games." (NYR Game Notes)

With the score tied at 1, Lundqvist dove across the crease to stop a Calgary shot. The Rangers then went down the ice and Pavel Buchnevich scored the game winning goal.

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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

2/28/18 | 12:10PM: Lundqvist met with the media on Tuesday in Vancouver to discuss the state of the team and said (NYR):

  • "A big part of our team is gone. I woke up today and it's almost that you can't believe it, so many years playing together and going through so many things, it's just a different team. It's a new time that starts, we have to make the most of it. A lot of guys here are here for the first time and we will do whatever we can to support the new guys and try to win games."
  • "I don't look further than this season. Whatever happens this summer, I don't know the plans. A big part of the team and good friends are gone. As a competitor when you know things can happen this way you have to set your mind the right way and it's been a little challenging for me the last couple of weeks but now it's done."
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Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 18, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the loss to the Flyers and said (NYR Game Notes):

On today's game…"Disappointing; I thought we did a lot of good things. Offensively we had a lot of good looks, scored four goals. You give up seven, it's not a good feeling."

 On what is happening defensively in front of him that is leading to the goals in past two games…"I have to be better. Obviously, there are a lot of mistakes. We're getting deflections in our own net, they're getting deflections in our net, odd-man rushes - that's where we are getting hurt right now. I just have to start with myself, somehow find energy and confidence to play your game. It's hard. I talked about it yesterday where you try to convince yourself you're doing the right things out there. But it's hard when you give up so many goals to stay confident and make that extra save even to be solid. I'm not looking to do anything extra - just start by being solid to give the team a chance. But when you are fighting it a little bit as a group, and me as a goalie, that's hard to even be solid at times. You try to overdo things, challenge the shooter, then they go across and I'm late to come across. Then we have the deflections, where I just have to try to be better on deflections, because it's a big part of the game right now."

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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

6:42PM: Lundqvist spoke after the game on MSG and said:

  • "It's a tough situation right now. I think we are doing a lot of good things but we are beating ourselves in almost every game."
  • "There are plays where we are there, but we are not. Until we fix that, we won't win a lot of games."
  • "You can look at the goalie and say that he needs to make more saves, I see a couple of plays I can do better, but I have stretches every year where I feel I can play better, looking for a better feeling. I feel like I am tracking the puck pretty good and one on one I feel pretty good but clearly it's not enough. I am giving up too many goals, it's just not enough even though in practice and games, when I feel like I am facing big chances, I am doing the right things, but I take a step on a guy and they go side to side and it's an open net, if I stay deep they deflect it."
  • "It's challenging, no question about that. We are not getting points. We are doing a lot of good things but defensively, when we have our breakdowns it cost us."
  • "we need everyone to commit in our own end, offensively it will take care of ourselves, but we need to commit in our own end to do the right hing and the rest will take care of itself."
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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 65 of 68 shots in the five periods since coming in for Ondrej Pavelec after Friday's first period.

Against the Jets on Sunday, Lundqvist stopped 37 of 38 shots and Mats Zuccarello said after the game that he was "really good." (MSG)

Brady Skjei said that Lundqvist was "outstanding" against the Jets. (Newsday)

Skjei added, "when he's on his game like that, it's like nothing can get by him. It's really fun to watch and it's nice for a defenseman to have a brick wall like that back there. He was the star of the game, no doubt about that." (Newsday)

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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

On MSG, Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers win over the Jets:

  • "the way we responded after the first couple of minutes was key to this win. They were all over us in the first ten minutes, we knew coming into the game that they always come out flying and obviously they got some momentum from that early goal. The important thing is not to get rattled or put yourself in a tough spot by thinking the wrong way. We kept battling and slowly we got back in the game. I think that tying goal in the first was huge, we come out in the second like a different team, with more confidence and energy and they took a few penalties and we get our game going. This win was so important in so many ways, to go on the road and beat a really good team the way we do. We stuck with it and came up with a couple of big plays and that is how you are gonna win a lot of games, You can't win in the first 20 or 40, it comes down to a lot of big plays in the end and when you start feeling better about yourself and your game, it's easier for guys to step up."
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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks on during a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks on during a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

2/11/18 | 11:47AM: Pavelec is out 2-3 weeks with a sprained MCL. (NYR)

2/9/18 | 8:09PM: Ondrej Pavelc has a knee injury and will not return

Ondrej Pavelec will not return to tonight's game due to a knee injury.

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

  • "It was an important win. It was tight at the end. It was a game with a lot of different feels and looks to it. The first period was outstanding with the energy and the speed."
  • Then Pav (Pavelec) gets hurt. I'm not a huge fan of coming in. I always have certain things I do going into games, so I feel a little uncomfortable in the first five, ten minutes. I think most goalies do, but it was a lot of pucks right away."
  • "It was a game I just had to battle, especially coming off my last performance. I felt like don't think too much - just play, just battle. They were throwing a lot of pucks at the net. In the end, a couple close calls."
  • "We've been losing a lot of one-goal games, which means we are one play away, we are one save away, one goal away from getting points. Tonight we got that goal, we got that save in the end to keep the lead. That's the difference a lot of times - one or two plays at the end. Big difference in the locker room afterwards."
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers' win 00:00:39
Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the importance of making key plays both offensively and defensively to finish the game.

Rick Nash and Mika Zibanejad posted two third-period goals for the Rangers to defeat the Flames, 4-3, to snap their four-game losing streak. >> Box score


First period:

  • 7:53 NYR Kevin Hayes (Power Play); Assists: Tony DeAngelo, David Deshamais
  • 18:15 CAL Brett Kulak; Assists: Michael Ferland, Johnny Gaudreau

Second Period

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Henrik Lundqvist allowed at four goals for the third time in four games and was chased by the Bruins, who handed the Rangers their fourth straight loss, x-x, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:37 NYR Rick Nash
  • 7:54 BOS Riley Nash; Assists: David Backes, Danton Heinen
  • 16:09 BOS Zdeno Chara; Assists: Jake DeBrusk

Second Period

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Henrik Lundqvist told Larry Brooks that he will support whatever path the Rangers decide to go down in relation to being sellers at the trade deadline. (NY Post)

Lundqvist said that he wants the Rangers to have the "best team possible" right now but that he plans to spend his entire career in New York and is not considering asking for a move to a team that might have a better chance at the Stanley Cup. (NY Post)

He said that he made a commitment to the organization when he signed his last contract and added. "I love it here. I want to be here and battle through the ups and downs, the good and the bad. It's important to me." (NY Post)

Lundqvist has a full-no move clause and three more-years on his contract after this season with a cap hit of $8.5 million. (NY Post)

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Henrik Lundqvist spoke after the loss to Toronto and said (NYR Game Notes)

  • On the level of disappointment following tonight's game… "We just couldn't get it done. We played a skilled team and they just made us pay on a few chances they had. My last two starts, I have to be better. I know that; that's the simple answer. If you want to dig a little deeper, obviously as a group, I think we have to be better, but I have to start with myself. I thought it was a little too slow, but look at the goals. A couple breakdowns; it's my job to clean that up."
  • On Marleau's goal early in the second period…"I think the whole situation surprised me a little bit, the way he got the puck right in the middle and the shot kind of curved away from me. It looked like it was going towards my blocker and then curved to my right. I have to look at the goals and see what I can do better, but there's no question that tomorrow is a working day. I have to work on everything here, the details in my game, so I can be sure that in the next start I'll be on top of it."
  • On the desperation in the room after a game like tonight"Obviously, the desperation needs to be there now every night. It's hard, you feel like you let people down when you don't get the job done. You're here to play obviously for the group in here, but also the fans and we want to make sure we play strong games moving forward. Personally, I just have to start with myself. I have been feeling pretty good for a while, but the last two starts are something I need to work on and just get the quickness going here."
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Jan 1, 2018; Queens, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during overtime in the 2018 Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2018; Queens, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during overtime in the 2018 Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

4:11PM: Lundqvist is not practicing today and was given an extra day off following the All-Star game. (NYR)

3:28PM: Henrik Lundqvist posted on Instagram that he went to Disney World following the All-Star game in Tampa.

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Jan 27, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Metropolitan Division goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of the New York Rangers makes a save in the save streak challenge during the 2018 NHL All Star Game skills competition at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Jan 27, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Metropolitan Division goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) of the New York Rangers makes a save in the save streak challenge during the 2018 NHL All Star Game skills competition at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke after the All-Star game today and said the following on a few topics (NYR):

On spending time with Brian Boyle again, "it's hard to really understand what he has been going through personally with his family. We've been talking about him a lot at home because my wife is close friends with his wife and we have known each other for many years now. I feel for him but at the same time I'm impressed with how he has handled this year so far. It was great to see him and catch up and talk about what he is going through but also a lot of other things. I enjoyed it."

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Metropolitan Division goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers blocks the shot of Atlantic Division center Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers during the 2018 NHL All Star Game at Amalie Arena. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
Metropolitan Division goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers blocks the shot of Atlantic Division center Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers during the 2018 NHL All Star Game at Amalie Arena. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recorded five saves and allowed two goals in the first period of the Metropolitan Division's 7-4 loss to the Atlantic Division during the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Amalie Arena.

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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Henrik Lundqvist was asked on Saturday morning about the rumors that the Rangers might be sellers at the deadline.

Lundqvist said, "this time of year there is going to be a lot of speculation and rumors. I think that has been the case every year. You can't put too much thinking into it, you gotta stay focused on what you as a player have to do moving forward. Obviously with the last month and a half we have had, we haven't won as much as we wanted to. Speculation is going to maybe be a bit more this year, but you can't get sucked into too much. When I come back next week it's all about getting ready for the second half and my focus is strictly on the ice and what I can do to prepare myself. We will see what happens." (NYR)

On Ryan McDonagh, Lundqvist said "he's been a big part of our team for many years, the way he plays the game. He is extremely skilled the way he skates and moves the puck. He is a good leader in the room. he is a big piece, that is for sure. (NYR)

On the team overall, Lundqvist said "for us as a group in New York, this break might have come at a good time for us to regroup and get ready for the second half." (NYR)

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Henrik Lundqvist said that at no point did he think about missing the All-Star game and using the weekend to rest. (Expressen)

He said that it's fun to be at All-Star weekend and to meet all of the players. He added that it will be especially fun this year because of all of the Swedish players that were selected. (Expressen)

Lundqvist said that he and the Rangers need to play better as well as clean up "far too many mistakes" they are making right now. (Expressen)

He said that he likes the group that the Rangers have and is "hungry" for the second half of the season.(Expressen)

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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)

After the Rangers win on 12/19 against Anaheim, Henrik Lundqvist said "I feel really good. I think the way I take care of myself right now as I am getting older - the way I eat, the way I sleep, the way I prepare - I try to do everything I can to stay on top of my game. (NYR Game Notes)

Lundqvist said earlier in the season that he feels age is jump a number and that his body and body feel good. (NY Post)

He noted that he pushed himself a bit harder in training camp and made some changes to his game but that "it always comes back to mindset. (NY Post)

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Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Lundqvist said that he felt "slow" and just "didn't have it" against the Ducks. (NYR)

He said that while the Rangers gave up some chances, it's his job to stop them and he wasn't able to do it on Tuesday. (NYR)

Lundqvist said that he agreed with Alain Vigneault in saying that 2 of the 3 goals he allowed were on shots that he normally stops. (NYR)

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Rick Nash scored twice, but Henrik Lundqvist allowed three first-period goals and was pulled to set the tone early as the Rangers fell to the Ducks, 6-3, on the road at the Honda Center on Tuesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:25 ANA J.T. Brown; unassisted
  • 11:09 NYR Rick Nash (Power Play); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 13:23 ANA Corey Perry (Power Play); Assists: Ryan Getzlaf, Cam Fowler
  • 15:14 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Anthony DeAngelo, Mika Zibanejad
  • 16:21 ANA Andrew Cogliano; Assists: Josh Manson, Hampus Lindholm
  • 18:38 ANA Adam Henrique (Shorthanded); Assist: Ryan Getzlaf
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Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media on MSG and said:

  • On the Avs, "I felt like they have really good speed in their game. They are feeling it right now, no question about that, and their top guys are playing really well and make a difference for them. They are a quick team, their transition game is really good. They create a lot off the rush but I really liked how we battled. We worked really hard against a really good team that has a ton of confidence right now. In this league, when you work hard and have a lot of confidence and things are working for you then it's a tough team to beat, doesn't matter what team it is. Right now they have it. We came up a little short, had some good looks in the end but a lot of good things that we can bring for tomorrow's game against a physical team tomorrow."
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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke after tonight's loss in Pittsburgh and said:

  • "The past month the level has not been high enough. You almost get tired of yourself trying to find the right thing to say, it's about going out and executing now."
  • "We talk about what we need to do and coverage and pucks deep and when we do that we are a good team, but enough talk, we just need to do it."
  • This was a step in the right direction, we had more energy and jump in our game."
  • "It comes down to awareness and being on your toes."
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Jan 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Shane Prince (11) scores a goal against New York Rangers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Shane Prince (11) scores a goal against New York Rangers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after the Rangers allowed 3 goals in the first 7 minutes of the second period.

Pavelec allowed 5 goals on 20 shots.

Henrik Lundqvist replaced Pavelec in net and while getting ready he skated by the Rangers bench speaking to his teammates.

John Giannone said that the message was Lundqvist telling his teammates to pick their heads up, and not to quit with all the time left. (MSG)

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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Henrik Lundqvist has been named as the Rangers representative for the NHL All-Star game.

This will be Lundqvist's fourth All-Star appearance (2009, 2011, 2012)

This season Lundqvist is 19-10-4 with a GAA of 2.52 and save percentage of .924.

 

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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

9:25AM: Henrik Lundqvist told a Swedish newspaper last night that Ondrej Pavelec will make the start against Vegas tonight. (Expressen)

Lundqvist said that the game against the Coyotes was "intense" and that Pavelec will play the second half of the back to back. (Expressen)

Alain Vigneault said last night that he had not spoken with his goalies yet and thus was not prepared to name a starter for tonight. (Expressen)

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Mika Zibanejad scored in a shootout and Henrik Lundqvist made a key save to secure the win for the Rangers in a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona. >> Box score


First period: 

  • 10:50 ARI Anthony Duclair (Power Play); Assists: Derek Stepan, Christian Dvorak 

Second period: 

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Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist express their disappointment in falling short against the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 of 33 shots but the Blackhawks added two empty net goals in the final minute to seal a 5-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period: 

  • 16:09 CHI Vinnie Hinostroza; Assists: Jonathan Toews, Jordan Oesterle
  • 18:09 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Paul Carey, Boo Nieves

Second period: 

  • 8:56 CHI Nick Schmaltz; Assists: Patrick Kane, Ryan Hartman
  • 11:32 NYR Mika Zibanejad (PP); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Mats Zuccarello

Third period:

  • 2:24 CHI Patrick Sharp; Assists: David Kampf, Alex DeBrincat
  • 19:06 CHI Toews (ENG); Assists: Brandon Saad, Tommy Wingels
  • 19:55 CHI Kane (ENG); Assists: Hartman, Schmaltz
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Jan 1, 2018; Queens, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during overtime in the 2018 Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2018; Queens, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during overtime in the 2018 Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the win yesterday, Henrik Lundqvist is now 4-0-0 when playing outdoors and has a 1.98 GAA and .934 save percentage. (NYR Game Notes)

Lundqvist spoke after the game and said the following about playing outside and what it means to him (NHL):

  • "We also discussed it in the room that we're not going to enjoy this and look back and it's a great memory unless you win this game. I just thought we played pretty good. We had a great start and then a couple of penalties that put us on our heels a little bit."
  • " I think playing a game like this, like I just said, this is just one game. And so it's kind of like playing bowl championships or Olympics or even a Game 7, where this is it: One mistake could cost you the game and kind of the memory of it as well."
  • "I could easily play one every year. And I would not be tired of it, because you play the two games, but to get this opportunity in front of so many people and excitement around the game, it doesn't get old to me."
  • "You know what, you don't play that many times outside. So obviously every game means a lot to you, you want to make the most of it. And it's game 38 or something for us, but when you're playing this game, this is it. That's the only one. And you want to make sure you get the two points. You want to make sure you can be able to sit down in a week or this summer or look back as this is a great memory yesterday, today. So you need to win. And we did. And you'll take it all in tonight and enjoy it and tomorrow you start preparing for next game. But I really appreciate the support from everybody around us because there's a lot going into this game, preparation from the league, from the Mets. But our own organization, too, who put this together. So I think everybody had a really good time this week. It's been awesome."
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Jan 1, 2018; Queens, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during overtime in the 2018 Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2018; Queens, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during overtime in the 2018 Winter Classic hockey game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the win yesterday, Henrik Lundqvist is now 4-0-0 when playing outdoors and has a 1.98 GAA and .934 save percentage. (NYR Game Notes)

Lundqvist spoke after the game and said the following about playing outside and what it means to him (NHL):

  • "We also discussed it in the room that we're not going to enjoy this and look back and it's a great memory unless you win this game. I just thought we played pretty good. We had a great start and then a couple of penalties that put us on our heels a little bit."
  • " I think playing a game like this, like I just said, this is just one game. And so it's kind of like playing bowl championships or Olympics or even a Game 7, where this is it: One mistake could cost you the game and kind of the memory of it as well."
  • "I could easily play one every year. And I would not be tired of it, because you play the two games, but to get this opportunity in front of so many people and excitement around the game, it doesn't get old to me."
  • "You know what, you don't play that many times outside. So obviously every game means a lot to you, you want to make the most of it. And it's game 38 or something for us, but when you're playing this game, this is it. That's the only one. And you want to make sure you get the two points. You want to make sure you can be able to sit down in a week or this summer or look back as this is a great memory yesterday, today. So you need to win. And we did. And you'll take it all in tonight and enjoy it and tomorrow you start preparing for next game. But I really appreciate the support from everybody around us because there's a lot going into this game, preparation from the league, from the Mets. But our own organization, too, who put this together. So I think everybody had a really good time this week. It's been awesome."
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Henrik Lundqvist unveiled his mask for tomorrow's Winter Classic

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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)

Henrik Lundqvist is thankful that the Rangers left Detroit with a point, though is left frustrated that he's lost a second shootout in a row. 

Lundqvist saved 33 shots in the Rangers 3-2 loss to the Red Wings but laments two blown leads.

"We had enough chances, especially in the third, to win this one," Lundqvist said...

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Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (not pictured) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (not pictured) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

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

  • On staying positive with the amount of shots they had, "it was tough, definitely tough. It's important for me to stay calm but it's hard at times...we gave away the puck a lot and I am happy we got a point. We battled at times but we gotta be better in a game like this, an important game against a team right ahead of us. We need to take a good look in the mirror, we have to be better in the next game because we are playing another really good team. We managed, when we were hot, the few moments we had, we cashed in. We found ways to get a point in a game where we didn't do that many good things. You gotta give Jersey credit, they played well and had good speed. It felt like they wanted it more."
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Earlier today Henrik Lundqvist unveiled his Mets themed goalie pads for the Winter Classic.

Following practice he spoke about the design and said, "It's up to me. Last time around we went with pinstripes and now we go more with the Mets. We are there as guests and it feels good to pay the respects and appreciate that we get this opportunity to play on their home field. That is part of why I created this design this time." (NYR)

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Henrik Lundqvist has unveiled his pads for the Winter Classic.

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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)

6PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media prior to tonight's game and said (NYR):

  • On Boo sitting out, "I just felt that for tonight's game that it was the right decision to do. Davey had been playing some good hockey, so has Boo but one forward had to come out and I felt that for tonight's game that Davey deserved to stay in."
  • On leaning toward playing veterans, "not at all, might be your perception that I lean toward veterans but I lean towards the players that give us the best chance to win. I have said before that age has no talent, if I feel that a player, young or old, will help our team to win, that is the approach I am going to tape."
  • On where JT will play, "he has done a real good job and that is one of the things that we said earlier on that we liked about JT, that versatility. If a player can play more than one position it is such a bonus, and the center position is a tough position to play. JT can play all three positions well and during Mika's absence he played some good hockey, not just offensively but at both ends, good on draws and he has done a good job."
  • Will you keep him at center, "I always thought that he could play center but I think he would be the first to tell you that he prefers the wing and feels more comfortable there. At the end of the day he is like any player on the team and will do what is best for the team and has no problems playing center."
  • On Grabner, "I don't think it's the system, I think it's more that his skill level and that speed that he has. He has that breakaway speed where he can get in the open and break away from the other team, forwards or D. I had him as a very young player, unfortunately at the time, management, we were short on D and that as the price we had to pay because we wouldn't have gotten rid of him. He was a good young player with a lot of upside and he has proven through the years to be a real solid player."
  • How does the fourth line change with Desharnais, "if you look at Davey's game, in-between Kreids and Buch, they have been spending some good offensive zone and defensively he had been solid for us. I wanted him to bring that tonight with Jimmy and Paul, those two guys have been effective and I expect them to give us a good game tonight."

5:13PM: Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight against the Ducks, his fourth start in a row. (NYR)

Lundqvist played both games of the Rangers back to back set this weekend, stopping 66 of 70 shots in the Rangers two wins.

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Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (not pictured) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Dec 13, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) adjusts his mask after making a save on a shot from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (not pictured) in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Some fans were surprised to see that Henrik Lundqvist was penciled in to start the second leg of a back-to-back, but it worked perfectly as Lundqvist led the team to back-to-back wins. 

Lundqvist made 33 saves as the Rangers beat the Bruins 3-2 in overtime, after beating the Kings 4-2 on Friday night while Lundqvist made 33 saves.

"I knew playing this game would be challenging physically. Just a short time for recovery," Lundqvist said...

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