In the back to back set this past weekend, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 66 out of 70 shots and helped the Rangers pick up four points.
Alain Vigneault said, before and after the game, that he went with Lundqvist because it was a "big game" and added that he felt it was the "right thing to do." (MSG)
Vigneault added that the Rangers will need Ondrej Pavelec going forward but that going with Lundqvist was the right thing to do on Saturday. (MSG)
Ryan McDonagh said that Lundqvist was "definitely in the zone" and that it's great to see him play aggressive and with a lot of confidence. (MSG)
Mats Zuccarello said that Lundqvist was "really good" on Saturday against the Bruins. (MSG)
Henrik Lundqvist said that he saw the opportunity to play those two games back to back as a great opportunity. (MSG)
Lundqvist added, "the more that I play the more relaxed I get. It was something we talked about over the summer, playing back to backs, playing more games to be in the right mind set. Physically it's challenging but mentally it's easier I find, the biggest part of the game is the mental aspect." (MSG)
From the Rangers Game Notes, "Over his last 11 appearances, Lundqvist has registered an 8-2-0 record, along with a 2.12 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 1 SO. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 15 appearances, posting a 10-4-0 record, along with a 2.27 GAA, a .932 SV%, and 1 SO."
Adam Rotter: I didn't think Henrik looked totally comfortable against LA but he got better and helped the Rangers win. Against Boston, Henrik looked like he was in the zone right away and played a terrific game. There was nothing he could do on the two goals that Boston scored and made a number of saves on chances that were probably better than the ones Boston scored on.
The Rangers are going with a different plan for Henrik this season and have not set a specific number of games. Henrik is as competitive as it gets and this plan can work as long as Henrik is honest about how he is feeling and while he may feel great and relaxed mentally, he will need breaks to recover physically. I'm wrong in almost every prediction I make about which goalie will start, but I wouldn't be shocked if, even after how great Henrik was, that Pavelec plays tomorrow and Henrik next goes against the Devils.