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Mar 28, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Mar 28, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) shoots as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

Last night against Sharks, Henrik Lundqvist allowed 5 goals on 35 shots in the Rangers OT loss.

He has allowed 10 goals in the past two games, stopping only 58 of 68 shots.

Lundqvist said that he was disappointed after the game and wanted to be able to "get the job done" for the Rangers. (NYR)

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Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes to the ice prior to Team Sweden game against Team Europe during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Verizon Center. Team Europe won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he would love to play in the Olympics next year, his fourth, but added that he also needs to be picked for the roster as well. (Expressen)

Lundqvist said that there are issues with travel, insurance and injury risk but if you look at going to the Olympics with a big picture view and getting more kids involved in playing hockey, "it's a good opportunity to promote the sport." (Expressen)

Asked if he is prepared to play in the Olympics even if the NHL doesn't go, as Alex Ovechkin has said, Lundqvist said that he hasn't thought about that situation and that it hasn't been discussed much among Swedish players. (Expressen)

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In his first start since returning from a hip injury, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 33 shots in the Rangers loss to the Ducks.

Lundqvist said that "overall" he felt "okay" and that there were a couple of reads he could have made better in regards to odd-man rushes and how aggressive he should be. (NYR)

He said that there were "lots of good things" in the game but "also things that I can do better." (NYR)

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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)

Henrik Lundqvist will return to the Rangers lineup tonight and make his first start 3/7.

The eight game stretch that he missed due to injury was the second longest in his career, behind the 24 games he missed with that throat/neck injury two years ago.

It's only the third time in Lundqvist's career that he has missed at least seven games due to injury, with this current streak, the stretch two years ago and when he missed 7 games at the end of his rookie season due to a hip flexor.

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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)

Alain Vigneault said that Henrik Lundqvist will likely play 5-6, likely 6, of the Rangers 8 remaining games this season.

Vigneault said the decision to start Lundqvist tomorrow was made after chatting with goalie coach Benoit Allaire, who felt that Sunday's 6PM start would be a "better fit."

Starting with tomorrow's game it is likely that Lundqvist will play in at least 5 straight games (ANA, SJ, PIT, PHI, WSH) before the Rangers end the season with a back to back in Ottawa and then at home against Pittsburgh.

In the 14 starts before his injury Lundqvist was 9-4-1 with a save percentage of .931.

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Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

5:43PM: Alain Vigneault confirmed that Raanta will start on Saturday and that Lundqvist will start on Sunday and Tuesday. (Zipay)

5:21PM: Henrik Lundqvist announced that he will start on Sunday against the Ducks. (NYR)

This will be Lundqvis'ts first start since he was injured in the Rangers win over Florida on 3/7.

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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Magnus Hellberg (45) makes a glove save against the New York Islanders during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Magnus Hellberg (45) makes a glove save against the New York Islanders during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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)

11:54AM: Alain Vigneault said that Antti Raanta will start tonight against the Islanders but that Henrik Lundqvist is likely to play 2 of the 3 games on the Rangers upcoming road trip. (NYR)

The Rangers play in LA on Saturday, Anaheim on Sunday and San Jose next Tuesday.

It had been suggested that the Rangers were targeting their California trip as a time when Lundqvist could return.

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Alain Vigneault met with the media following Monday's practice and said (NYR):

  • On Hank, "I know he has been following the medical protocol and going through the different stages with Benny on the ice. Talked to him briefly before practice and said he was feeling much better, he looked alright and did most of the practice today and will skate again tomorrow and go from there."
  • More on Hank, "I think the logical thing to say is that we are on the same protocol before and that I would expect him at some point on the California trip."
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Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

3/20/17 | 4:06PM: Alain Vigneault said today:

  • On Hank, "I know he has been following the medical protocol and going through the different stages with Benny on the ice. Talked to him briefly before practice and said he was feeling much better, he looked alright and did most of the practice today and will skate again tomorrow and go from there."
  • More on Hank, "I think the logical thing to say is that we are on the same protocol before and that I would expect him at some point on the California trip."

3:05PM: Lundqvist spoke today and said (NYR):

  • "I felt pretty good. The toughest part for me is being patient and not trying to do too much. We have a plan and trying to stick to that. The last couple of days have been really good, I think, on the ice and now it's about getting my speed and timing back. I can feel that I have been away for a little bit but a couple of good days of practice and get back to it."
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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on Saturday about his injury and said (NYR):

  • What happened, "first period in Florida there was a save where my body was going one way and my leg was going the other way and it had an impact on my hip. We will take some time here to get some treatment and heal."
  • On getting into a groove before the playoffs, "right now I am just focusing on the first week, 10 days. We have a good plan of what I need to do and from there you take it step by step and how it feels. We expect it to be 2-3 but we have to see how I react to the treatments and the exercise I will do here moving forward. That is where my focus is, then we will see where we are in the schedule and timing wise."
  • Is it precautionary, "My focus right now is to get better and then we will see the timing. I know we are going to LA at the end of the month, we will see if that is a good time, we will have to wait and see, but Benny and the medical team have a good plan. We talked about it and will take it from there."
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Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends during the third period against 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) defends during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

3/12/17 | 9:16AM: Nick Kypreos said on HNIC that Lundqvist had an MRI and that it's a hip injury but the Rangers are not "overly concerned" and he will have time to play before the playoffs.

3/11/17 | 12:08PM: Lundqvist is believed to have suffered a hip strain in the first period against Florida on Tuesday. He went on to stop 36 of 38 shots. (Brooks)

10:01AM: Henrik Lundqvist will be out 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury that he suffered earlier this week in the Rangers win over Florida.

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Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with center J.T. Miller (10) left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) defenseman Brendan Smith (42) and defenseman Brady Skjei (76) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with center J.T. Miller (10) left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) defenseman Brendan Smith (42) and defenseman Brady Skjei (76) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

The Rangers will be without Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash and Michael Grabner as they take on the Hurricanes from PNC Arena Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

  1. The Rangers improved to 24-8-0 on the road this season with Tuesday's 5-2 win at the Panthers. New York is the first team in NHL history to win 24 of its first 32 road games.
  2. The Hurricanes fell for the 10th time in their last 12 games with a 3-1 loss at the Avalanche on Tuesday. Carolina has scored fewer than four goals in each of the last 12 games, the longest active streak in the NHL.
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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)

2:21PM: Alain Vigneault said today, "Hank was in the last game and Nasher has been carrying this upper body injury and it's just too painful today." (NYR)

11:35AM: The Rangers have announced that both Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist are out tonight against Carolina. (NYR)

Nash is reportedly suffering an upper-body injury and is being listed as day to day.

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Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Florida Panthers 5-2 at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Florida Panthers 5-2 at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

By picking up win #30 of the season on Tuesday, Henrik Lundqvist passed Grant Fuhr to take sole possession of 10th place on the all-time wins list with 404.

Lundqvist is four wins away from having sole possession of 9th place, passing Glen Hall.

On the accomplishment, Lundqvist said that he is "proud, very proud" and that while the main goal is to win the Stanley Cup, you need to "enjoy the ride every season." (MSG)

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Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass (15) scores a goal past Florida Panthers left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) as defenseman Jason Demers (55) looks on in the first period at BB&T Center.  (Robert Mayer (USA Today))
Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass (15) scores a goal past Florida Panthers left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) as defenseman Jason Demers (55) looks on in the first period at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer (USA Today))

First Period

  • 9:25 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Steven Kampfer, Mats Zuccarello
  • 13:00 NYR Tanner Glass; Assists: Oscar Lindberg, J.T. Miller

Second Period

  • 4:06 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Brady Skjei
  • 11:20 FLA Thomas Vanek; Assists: Reilly Smith, Vincent Trocheck
  • 13:14 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Oscar Lindberg, Tanner Glass

Third Period

  • 16:34 FLA Aaron Ekblad (PP); Assists: Vincent Trocheck, Jussi Jokinen
  • 18:15 NYR Pavel Buchnevich (Empty net); Assists: Rick Nash

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Dec 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during the third period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Dec 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during the third period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

3:30PM: Antti Raanta will likely start for the Rangers tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (NY Post)

Henrik Lundqvist will likely start tomorrow against the Panthers. (Newsday)

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

On the first two periods, "I think that it's not the last 2-3 periods, it's the last four games against four really good teams. If you are not on top of your game you won't win, not right now, not against really good teams. Somehow we found a way in Boston, not sure we deserved it but we found a way. If we want to go anywhere we need to figure it out at home. We've been pretty good on the road, but at home, somehow, we can't get our game going. At the same time, we played against some of the best teams in the league the last four game and it's going to be a challenge. They just had a lot of structure, it was hard for us to get in front and have a big chance. We had a couple in the second but you can see that they used their structure and speed to beat us. At times we got out of our structure to get going and it hurt us a bit."

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Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) waves to the fans after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. The win was Lundqvist's 400th NHL win. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) waves to the fans after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. The win was Lundqvist's 400th NHL win. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Following Thursday's win in his Rangers debut, Brendan Smith was talked about the game and said that "the King played great and helped me out a lot." (NYR)

Further asked about Lundqvist, Smith told John Giannone on Thursday, "everything we have been trying to do to score on him, you never score on him. I got to watch it on the opposite side and it was amazing to be part of. I love how vocal he is with guys around you. I would get frustrated when I was on the opposite side of the ice and it was a treat to play in front of him." (NYR)

On Saturday, Smith was asked about Lundqvist and said "right? It's a treat to play in front of someone like that. He really makes the team a lot better, he was easily our best player the other night. It was fun to see that done and be part of it." (NYR)

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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)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 33 shots last night for the Rangers in their win over Boston.

Lundqvist said that all he wanted on Thursday for his birthday was "a win" after the Rangers lost the last two games at home and that he tried to leave everything he had out there.

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Feb 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Brandon Saad (20) eye the puck after Saad was stopped on a penalty shot during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Brandon Saad (20) eye the puck after Saad was stopped on a penalty shot during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

  • On the third goal, "couple of breakdowns when they got the third one. I have to watch it to really see what happened. They hurt us on their transition game. They had so many odd-man rushes. We had more shots, but it felt like they played a smarter game and they hurt us. They have some quick players who had some breakaways, 2 on 1s, 3 on 1s and it was a tough game."
  • On Atkinson, "he comes in with a lot of speed. He has a good shot. Everything he does he does with speed and does it well. "
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Feb 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist is 10-2-1 in his last 14 appearances and has a save percentage of .939 and a GAA of 1.91.

Lundqvist said on Friday that he has been feeling good about his game the last few weeks and that he is continuing to work hard and improve his game. (NYR)

He said that he has been trying to keep his game simple and that everything comes down to "stop" the puck. (MSG)

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault announced earlier today that Antti Raanta would start for the Rangers tomorrow in New Jersey and that Henrik Lundqvist will start Sunday against Columbus.

Raanta last played on 2/13 against Columbus, stopping 30 of 32 shots in a Rangers win.

Earlier this season he shut out the Devils, stopping all 19 shots that he faced.

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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)

Henrik Lundqvist described last night's game against Toronto as one that he felt was similar to the game the Rangers played Tuesday against Montreal. (MSG)

He said that as a goalie he has a short memory but that he remembered losing in the shootout on Tuesday to Montreal and "didn't want to come up short twice in two games." (MSG)

Lundqvist said that he felt it was "really important" to come away from last night's game with a win. (MSG)

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Frederik Gauthier (33) draws an interference penalty as he hits New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad tallied shootout goals as the Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:56 TOR Connor Brown; Assists: Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner

Third period:

  • 10:50 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Brandon Pirri

Shootout:

  • William Nylander: STOPPED
  • Mats Zuccarello: SCORED
  • Auston Matthews: SCORED
  • Mika Zibanejad: SCORED
  • Nazem Kadri: STOPPED
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Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends during the third period against 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) defends during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 32 shots against the Capitals on Sunday.

From the Rangers Game Notes:

  • In his last 12 appearances, Lundqvist has posted a 9-2-0 record, along with a 2.01 GAA, a .937 SV%, and 1 SO.
  • Lundqvist has made 30 or more saves in 14 games this season; he has posted a 13-1-0 record, along with a 1.84 GAA, a .949 SV%, and 1 SO in those contests.

Ryan McDonagh said that it was just a matter of time for Lundqvist to get his game going and that he "works too hard" and has such a passion for the game. (NBC)

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

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

  • On their intensity in the second, "we had a stretch in the second where they came hard and we made it hard on ourselves with a couple of turnovers that cost us. Overall it's a good game, I feel that the third one is a killer, it's our PP and sometimes when you have an extra man you might rely on someone else to do the job and I think that is what happened. We didn't communicate enough in front of the net, we had the guys back but we didn't sort it out. That was the difference. Overall it was a good game, we worked hard and had some chances but when we gave that one up it was a tough hill to climb."
  • How close were you to covering up the puck, "it was right there, he kept hacking and whacking and the puck kept bouncing. It was right there and when it ended up behind I thought we had the coverage. We had 4 guys back but we didn't sort it out and it cost us. In a game like this where we had some good looks 5 on 5, special teams can decide the game and it did."
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Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers Thursday night against the Islanders after getting a rest in the Rangers 3-2 win over Columbus on Monday.

In the five games he played prior to getting the night off, Lundqvist was 5-0-0, stopping 174 of 184 shots for a save percentage of .946.

Lundqvist said Wednesday that it was good for him to get in a bunch of games and that it allowed him to find the right level of focus. (NYR)

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Feb 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist will be the backup tonight as the Rangers play the Blue Jackets.

Lundqvist spoke after the morning skate on Monday and said (NYR):

  • "You can feel that you played 4-5 games in a short matter of time and it's nice to get the night off tonight and work yesterday in practice and today and focus on the next game."
  • Have you reflected on 400, "Saturday night I did, I spent a couple of hours, took it all in and enjoyed that moment. Then you move on, you don't want to get stuck, yesterday it was back to work and work on your game and get better but I definitely spent Saturday night taking it all in and answering all my buddies, lots of text messages so I spent half the night just answering people. It was a great moment, for that game and how it ended and the love that the fans showed me was special to me. It never gets old either, to have that feeling at the Garden and to win a big game and enjoy it with your friends and teammates."
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Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A fan holds up a sign in honor of the 400th NHL win by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (not pictured) against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A fan holds up a sign in honor of the 400th NHL win by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (not pictured) against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Derek Stepan said that between the second and third periods last night that Henrik Lundqvist spoke up and said that the Rangers would not lose this game. (Newsday)

Mats Zuccarello said that Lundqvist wants to win every night and that his teammates "like to win for him as well." (NY Times)

JT Miller said that the Rangers were playing for two points but they also wanted to get win 400 for Lundqvist at MSG, saying "he's our leader. He's been this team's leader for 12 years. (NY Post)

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Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) salutes the fans after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. The win was Lundqvist's 400th NHL win. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) salutes the fans after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. The win was Lundqvist's 400th NHL win. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Henrik Lundqvist wore the Broadway Hat and spoke with John Giannone on MSG after the game:

  • "The key for us was, just like last game, not get hurt again after they scored their second. You could see how much confidence they gained and they gave us some trouble towards the end of the second period. Sitting here, going into the third, we are a confident group, we believe in each other and that we can raise our game when we really have to and we did. Guys had a lot of jump and came out and played a really strong third period and it won us the game."
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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight against the Avs and with a win he will record his 400th career win.

Lundqvist is currently 12th on the all-time list with 399 wins and could move into 9th all time with 9 more wins this season.

Alain Vigneault said that Lundqvist has a special relationship with Ranger fans and that trying to get win 400 at MSG would likely mean a lot to him and to the fans.

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Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight for the Rangers against the Nashville Predators. (NYR)

Lundqvist and the Rangers beat the Predators 2-1 in a shootout in December and Lundqvist made 31 saves and stopped both Predators in the shootout.

From the Rangers Game Notes:

  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 6-1-0 record, along with a 1.88 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 1 SO in his last eight appearances.
  • He made 43 saves and earned a win on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, and the 43 saves were the most he has recorded in a win at MSG in his career.
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Feb 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 7, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In Tuesday night's victory against the Ducks, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 of 44 shots, the most saves he has ever recorded in a win at MSG. (Rangers Game Notes)

Lundqvist said that he felt good and that he and the defense worked well together and that he has started to play a bit more aggressive and on his toes.

Alain Vigneault said on MSG after the game that Lundqvist was "on top of his game" right from the start and that he made key saves and gave the Rangers a chance while the Ducks had long stretches in the Rangers zone.

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Alain Vigneault deflected credit to his players after earning his 600th career victory in a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

First Period

  • 4:01 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Marc Staal

Second Period

  • 1:06 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei
  • 6:14 ANA Jakob Silfverberg; Assist: Andrew Cogliano

Third Period

  • 3:45 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists J.T. Miller, Brady Skjei
  • 19:41 NYR Michael Grabner (empty net)
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Henrik Lundqvist wore the new goalie pants, that the NHL has started to require, in the Rangers 4-3 win over Calgary on Sunday.

Lundqvist stopped 29 of 32 shots Sunday and said that he practiced once with the new pants before playing with them.

He added that the pants have a different feel but that he doesn't think they will have much of an impact on his game, saying "they actually feel pretty good." (NYR)

On the new pants, Lundqvist told Larry Brooks "the league wants the curve so that if the puck hits the outside it will slide in."Just like when you use new pads, you notice a difference the first few times, but wearing them didn't affect anything about the way I moved or played." (NY Post)

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault announced on Saturday that Henrik Lundqvist would start today against the Flames.

Vigneault also noted that Antti Raanta will start at some point this week but he wasn't sure for which game.

Following tonight's game the Rangers have three home games: Tuesday against the Ducks, Thursday against Anaheim and Saturday against the Avalanche before going to Columbus on Monday 2/13.

Lundqvist stopped 35 of 36 shots against the Flames in a 4-1 win in November.

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Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Following Thursday's win, JT Miller said that there has been so much talk about Henrik Lundqvist but no one in the Rangers locker room "has any doubts." (NY Post)

He called the talk about Lundqvist "almost comical" and reiterated, "believe me, no in here is worried about Henrik. No one." (NY Post)

Jeremy Roenick said on NBCSN that Lundqvist is still a "top goalie" and Mike Milbury said that the early saves Lundqvist made against the Sabres gave him and the whole team a "boost." (Expressen)

Lundqvist said that he feels he is having some "A" type of performances but when he struggles he needs to drop down to a "B" and not to a "C." (MSG)

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Feb 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) jumps to avoid a shot on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Feb 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) jumps to avoid a shot on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 of 37 shots in the Rangers OT win in Buffalo on Thursday.

He stopped 10 shots while shorthanded and stopped 2 shots while in OT.

Lundqvist said that he felt confident in net last night and that "it's a lot easier to make those extra saves when you feel good about your game." (MSG)

Lundqvist said that he would grade Thursday's win as an "A" performance and that what he needs to eliminate his game dropping down to a "C" when he struggles.

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers tonight in Buffalo and said that he hopes he can make that "1 extra save here or there" and help the Rangers get back to winning. (NYR

Lundqvist said that he has still been trying to practice with the same mindset and not overthinking about things.

He added that "we had a stretch recently with good hockey, myself included" and added that he feels he is pretty close and just needs to correct a few things. (NYR)

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1:40PM: Alain Vigneault announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Sabres tomorrow. (NYR)

11:35AM: After being pulled in the second period last night, Henrik Lundqvist said that he knows he needs to be better and that the third goal he allowed was "a killer."

He said that the Rangers played with intensity and energy in the third period but that everything starts with him and how he is playing.

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on from the bench during the third period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on from the bench during the third period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Columbus and said:

On the second period, "to keep it short here...I know that I need to be better. That third goal is just a killer. As a group we responded really well in the third and the intensity and energy we had is something...when we do have it we are a good team. It starts with me and especially that third goal bothers me. Back to work tomorrow, get better, improve...alright? Thank you."

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Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing his third goal of the game and second in the first 4 minutes of the second period.

Antti Raanta replaced Lundqvist and is making his first appearance since being injured against Montreal a few weeks ago.

Lundqvist stopped 13 of 16 shots in the 23:38 that he played.

Two of the goals allowed by Lundqvist were during 4 on 4 play.

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Dec 22, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) following the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 22, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) following the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello are reportedly spending the All-Star break together at a resort in Turks and Caicos.

The NY Post reports that they were seen on the beach together on Thursday.

The Rangers return to practice tomorrow at 2PM and play their next game on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.

 

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Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

This season, Henrik Lundqvist is 21-13-1 with a save percentage of .907 and a GAA of 2.73.

Lundqvist is 3-1 in his last four appearances and has stopped 104 of the 110 shots that he has faced.

In his first 20 appearances this season, Lundqvist was 12-7-1 and allowed 46 goals on 538 shots and had a save percentage of .914.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist said on Monday that he simplified things three games ago and has been able to play on his toes more during this winning streak.

Lundqvist said that sometimes you need to take "a step back" during a tough stretch when people are asking questions and try to remain "cool and confident" to turn things around. (Newsday)

Mats Zuccarello spoke on MSG Monday and said that the Rangers have "no worries" about Lundqvist and that he is their most important player.

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Alain Vigneault interrupted a question during his press conference last night and pointed to a save that Henrik Lundqvist made on Jeff Carter near the end of the first period of Monday night's 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings.

Vigneault said that the Rangers, like any other team, need timely saves and that any team that is winning needs their goalie to make a timely save.

Vigneault said that Lundqvist is playing better, he is reading the puck better and also getting better play from the guys in front of him.

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Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Dec 31, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Henrik Lundqvist has won two straight games for the Rangers and on Sunday praised the team's return to structure and how his teammates have been playing in front of him. (NYR)

Lundqvist said that he changed his mindset and corrected a few things in his game but "the biggest change is how we play in front of me with structure and not giving the big chances up in front, it make a big difference for me." (NYR)

He said that it's easier for him to be patient when he knows someone will be there to apply pressure to a shooter and that the Rangers have been doing that the past two games. (NYR)

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Earlier this week DaveArt showed the new mask that Henrik Lundqvist has started to wear this season.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots last night against Toronto and ended his three-game losing streak.

Alain Vigneault noted after the game last night that the first chance against Lundqvist was a deflection and he "came up with a real big save."

Vigneault said that there is "no doubt" that it was a "huge" save right off the bat and that it was "good" for Lundqvist and the whole team.

He added that Lundqvist made some saves that gave the whole team confidence and again reiterated that everyone in the organization has confidence in Lundqvist.

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