Henrik Lundqvist: Hockey is not forever The world's best hockey goalkeeper, New Yorker and a well-known shampoo-face. We have met the "King Henke" in the dressing room in his home arena Madison Square Garden in New York to talk fashion, grooming, and of course hockey. Martin Hansson met Henrik Lundqvist, New York. Henrik Lundqvist is one of the world's best hockey players, and the New York Rangers large poster name. At the side of the ice, the Swedish star profile as Head & Shoulders face and a number of other projects - mainly the fronts he lingerie Bread & Boxers he also is a partner in. - I like to be inspired by different things besides hockey - although it obviously is number one. I always liked different projects whether it is fashion, restaurants or music. To deliver on the ice, I feel I have to do other things to relax. I can not go around thinking about hockey 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, says Henrik Lundqvist What does a day in New York really like? - In my free time, I try to spend as much time as I can with the family, pick up and drop at nursery school, meet friends, relax and at the same time focus on myself, says Henke and adds: - The idea is that I will be 60 matches in order to be fresh for the playoffs so there will be a lot of training and time with the New York Rangers däremellan.NHL said to be the world's toughest hockey league - how psychologically stressful it is to play at such a high level? - The mental part is incredibly important to me and a great deal that can determine if it goes well or not in a match. The skull steering incredibly much how you focus and handle the press. You have to try to relax and find balance. So how do you upload before a game? - When I eat pasta and meat sauce, I have done for nearly ten years so there is nothing to change. It's easy to get in, and it comes to eating plenty of food at lunch, when to play the match in the evening. How do you see the future? - Hockey is not forever, I have five years on my contract but I hope to be able to play six or seven years. It depends a lot on your body and if I can deliver. Why are you doing all of the advertising project on the side? - First, to get the opportunity to see other worlds and meet the people who are fun to work with. But also because I think it's funny. I get the chance to work and be involved in the well-known brands such as Head & Shoulders and now ICA advertising. You are often seen in the fashion context - how much do you like clothes? - I have not been trendy for years! But I run a lot on the costume that I really like working in. Then I drive jeans and suede jackets. I like Ralph Lauren suits and even Tiger of Sweden. But my style tip is to find oneself and running on what you like. Grooming Routines - How much do you care about your appearance? - I run a mustache now, the first day I was a bit scared when I looked at myself, extremely uncomfortable, but it is growing in the double sense, me and my brother supports the Movember challenge. When you have that role I have to do what you can, so I do charity stuff to influence what I can. Feels like there has been more focus on health. What is your relationship with Head & Shoulders out? - It's been incredibly enjoyable, we've been at it for four years now and has recorded videos that I really been involved from the beginning in and decided layup. It is fun. What are you most proud of in your career? - A couple of things when I think back, of course, to win national guilders home, Olympic gold but also to get here to New York and then establish themselves. It has been my dream. It is when you achieve their dreams one feels satisfaction and constantly looking for the next step. My big dream is to win the Stanley Cup in New York. How do you push yourself on from season to season? - I think it's just as fun still and see all the time how other hockey players play. It is clear that measuring themselves against others. NHL is the best league in the world so it's important to keep up with progress. But it's all about having fun, both on the ice at the side of the ice and feel comfortable with this lifestyle. What do you feel that you have sacrificed your career? - When I was younger, between 15-19 when many younger were out partying, so I focused on training and getting better. There were many times I opted out of fun things because I put hockey in the first place. I am glad that I was so focused when I was younger. My goal was to get here. Are you living your boyhood dream now? - I think, I enjoy hockey and life on the side. I have been lucky that ended up here and they chose me. I am grateful that I got a chance.
For those seeking clarity regarding a Rangers’ team whose record is a whole lot better looking in the black-and-white of newsprint or website font than the team has been in blue, white and red on the ice, it could not be more crystal clear than this: With Henrik Lundqvist on a mission — as he has been since reporting to camp after having been challenged by his head coach to be at his best from the get-go — all things are possible. The Blueshirts are 16-3-2 following Monday’s 3-0 Garden victory over the Predators in a game that provided a microcosm of a season, through which they bend but do not break because the King simply refuses to allow it. “I’m more relaxed this year,” Lundqvist said after boosting his league-leading save percentage to .946 with a 31-save performance. “I’ve always been so intense, but I’ve taken it down a notch. “I’m very focused on the process.” The shots for the first period were 14-3, Predators. The attempts were 35-12 after the Rangers — who have the worst man-advantage to man-disadvantage discrepancy in the NHL — played short-handed for 7:21 of the final 8:53. The shots after two periods were 25-7, Predators, and the attempts 62-21 after Nashville owned a 10:00-0:00 advantage in power-play minutes. And yet, it was 1-0 Rangers, after Rick Nash scored his fourth goal in two games at 4:32. Of course it was. Who needs possession time? Who needs to put shots on net? Apparently not the Rangers, who, even when they do have the puck, operate under a philosophy of not shooting until they can see the whites of the goalie’s eyes. “I don’t expect the team to play a perfect game,” said Lundqvist, he of the 1.74 goals-against average. “As a goalie, you need to be there for the team. “As long as I take care of my part, I know they’re going to get going.” Lundqvist’s part included a bevy of stops around the net on those Nashville tries that did get through a Rangers team that flashed back to 2011-12 by blocking 11 shots in both the first and second periods before finishing with a total of 26, Kevin Klein leading the way with six while Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh had four apiece. “For them to pay the price, I have a lot of respect for that,” Lundqvist said. “I think the guys, when they see that, it gives the bench energy. “As a goalie, it gives [me] a lot of energy.” There was some good fortune as well, specifically when Filip Forsberg missed the net with Lundqvist unsuccessfully scrambling to get back after losing a race for the puck to James Neal in the right circle. “When I took the first step, it seemed like a good idea,” Lundqvist said, laughing a winner’s laugh after being primarily responsible for extending Nashville’s franchise-record scoreless streak to 213:47. But laughter has been part of the process for Lundqvist this season. The “real” King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, may recently have called for a ban on baths in his country, but the King of New York hockey is bathing in his new approach to the game. “It’s a lot about trusting my instincts and challenging a little more,” said Lundqvist, who notably came out to cut down the angle on a Ryan Ellis blast from the left circle at 12:45 during the Predators’ first power play. “We [he and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire] talked about that a lot. “It’s just more focus. I’m even smiling during games. I never did that in nine years. Smiling is good.” So the Rangers keep on rolling, even if there are times it seems as if the puck is a boulder rolling down a hill against them. All along, it has been a chicken-and-egg thing for the Rangers, and no, no one is calling them a bunch of ’fraidy cats. Specifically, as the old-as-time, which-came-first applies to the Blueshirts, it is whether the club would play a better overall brand of hockey and continue to win or whether they would continue to play flawed hockey but start to lose. The answer provided last night was neither. “I’d rather find a way to win than play perfect,” said Lundqvist, who merely found the way to do both on Monday.
Henrik Lundqvist earned his 300th regulation win - he and Mike Richter are the only Rangers’ goalies to reach that milestone - and, with 351 career victories overall, Lundqvist tied Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for the third-most wins a goaltender has recorded with one franchise in NHL history.
TAMPA. Henrik Lundqvist is easier on the feet this year and more focused. Then he leads the New York Rangers to the best NHL start in the club's 89-year history. One explanation is his new secret skates. Henrik Lundqvist's blockbusters in the back of the New York Rangers laid the foundation for the team's success in recent years, it has taught us. But as good as the Swede started this season, he has never done before. And winners has travats on each other. Admittedly stopped victory of the suite the night of Friday in Amalie Arena in Tampa, but Rangers have shown that the team has a game that can carry very far this year. Henrik Lundqvist would try to be better already in the beginning was a decision he and coach Alain Vigneault agreed when they separated after the loss against the right Tampa in spring Stanley Cup semifinals. How have you changed preseason workouts to be in this brilliant form directly? - I have not changed so much in training, but it is more about greater focus on the mental part. I have prepared myself thoroughly, played less games in the preseason and bet on good training and outs of the game, says Henrik, when DN meet him after the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. - But much of the game is about to feel comfortable. The physical, technical and mental, everything should be right. All that has felt good now when I added more focus to be on your toes directly. The results have come. Not only in victories for the team but in the personal statistics for Henrik, where he already had several club records. No one has won more victories than his ten and rescue percentage is 94.6 in the 15 games he stood. It is insanely good. One detail that talk of his new skates. A secret with them is that the plastic strip that sat on the skodelens inside of the skate is removed. Henry explains why: - It allows me to get a better grip of the ice sideways movements. They are also lighter and slimmer. But they have apparently helped? - It has well been enlarged up, but at this level playing every detail role. It's about how you exercise, rest and focus. The equipment is also part of it. I feel that I am faster in the feet this year. There has hardly been a quarter of the season, and so far everything has gone well. But there are not awarded any Stanley Cup dents in November, so how do you maintain the shape of May and June? - That is correct. This is not a sprint. It's a marathon, emphasizes Henrik and continues: - You can not see too far ahead simply. I take one match at a time and try to enjoy the journey. It is much games, but I think it's fun to play. Victory suite of nine straight came during a relatively quiet period. - We are entering an intense period now with much matches. It is now the case to be ready. Two debates in North America, affecting especially goalkeepers. Målfabrikationen has decreased, and when there is talk of making the targets more and goalies' protection less. What do you think about it? - It is difficult. Show me the guards first. We are now at a point where the game is fast and they shoot extremely hard. We begin to get into the safety, I am not so positive. - It may not be too much focus on the goalkeeper either. It applies to the whole team. If you want to watch good hockey, it is important to have good intensity and scoring opportunities. Goalkeeper game has also progressed tremendously just since I came here ten years ago. The level at all is extremely high, plus all much larger. Bigger goals then? - Sad to change something that looked the same all the time. I think that's a shame. The other snack ice is three against three in the All-Star game. - I think it's great that they replace. They want to make it something special for the fans. The whole week is fun, so why not, says Henrik Lundqvist http://www.dn.se/sport/ishockey/nya-skridskor-bakom-henrik-lundqvists-storspel/ And:
PHILADELPHIA — As Henrik (Mars) Lundqvist said: “It’s the skates. The skates? It’s got to be the skates.”
Well, no, the Rangers’ goaltender did not quite say that when asked if he could explain the volume of acrobatic circus saves he has made while flying through the air these first two-plus weeks of the season, but he did come close.
For as previously reported by The Post, Lundqvist is wearing a new fashion of Bauer goaltenders’ skates this year, ones without the toe cap that allow him to dig in his blades at a sharper angle into the ice so he can both better close off the low five-hole while getting a better push when needed.
“The way I can move in my new skates and new pads has definitely helped my game,” The King told The Post before Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers on Saturday night. “Maybe it’s a small point, but what can I say? I really like the new skates.
“I feel that I’m lighter on my feet. I feel I’ve moved better around the net. It’s been easier for me to recover.”
Lundqvist has turned in a handful of exclamation-point worthy stops on which he has simply launched himself across the crease to make full extension saves on point-blank tries into what had appeared to be empty nets.
There was the lunging stop on Anthony Duclair late in Thursday’s 4-1 victory over the Coyotes, when Lundqvist scrambled back from the end boards for a full extension stop after losing the puck to Max Domi before the Coyotes’ winger fed the Duke in the low left circle.
But that one had nothing on the diving, must-have-been-an-optical-illusion-of-a-stop he had made on Ryan Johansen in the Oct. 10 Garden-opening 5-2 victory over the Jackets, when Lundqvist soared through the air after a ricochet off the backboards had set up Columbus’ best player with a wide open net.
“You know, I don’t want to make a big deal about the skates because obviously there’s more to it than that,” he said. “And I have to say that there’s a lot of luck involved on saves like that. You don’t plan saves like that.
“But when you’re caught out of position like that, the key is not to panic. Maybe you have to make a move that doesn’t seem logical, but it’s important that you don’t lose your head and start scrambling too early.”
There are, by the way, no points awarded for degree of difficulty on the most acrobatic of stops. No three-point plays.
“The biggest thing on those kinds of saves really comes down to compete level,” Lundqvist said. “It’s about maintaining your focus.
“When you make saves like that, it’s a good reminder never to give up.”
TAMPA, Fla. — Henrik Lundqvist, who has had his share of pucks blow by him in three previous All-Star Game appearances, put on his NHL promotional cap when asked about the change in format to 3-on-3 for this year’s event in Nashville, Tenn. Or was that his promotional crown? “I think it is fun that they switched things up,” The King said before the Rangers’ 2-1 loss to the Lightning on Thursday night. “In the end they want to make something unique and fun for the fans. “This 3-on-3 is so new … I’m not sure what my opinion is on it right now, but for an All-Star weekend, why not? I think the whole weekend is about promoting the [league] and making it special for the fans.” Six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders will be selected from each division. The Eastern Conference teams will play 20 minutes, the Western Conference teams will play 20 minutes, and then the two victorious divisional squads will face off in a 20-minute championship final. The winning team will split a $1 million prize. Lundqvist has allowed 12 goals on 47 shots in 58:25 (12.75 goals-against-average, .745 save percentage) as a sacrificial lamb over previous All-Star appearances in 2009 (when he was strafed for six goals on 21 shots in the second period in Montreal), 2011 and 2012. “It’s already out of your comfort zone, because of the way the game is played, so it doesn’t really matter if the game is 5-on-5 or 3-on-3,” he said. “This might be even more action, but again, you go there to enjoy the game, to meet the players and to promote the game. “I think this is just another opportunity to promote it and do a fun and unique thing. Every time you try something new it’s hard to know how it’s going to play out.” Lundqvist, who plays a mean guitar, mentioned the good music in Nashville. Asked whether there is such a thing called, “Swedish country,” he laughed. “No,” he said. “But maybe now, something new.”
BY PAT LEONARD Here comes Henrik Lundqvist down the tunnel, through the boards and onto the ice, a half-hour before puck drop. His teammates follow. This is the Rangers’ warm-up routine. This is how they prepare to play their games. Lundqvist is the most fascinating to watch as the players skate in a circle toward the net, up the boards and back down the middle of their own zone. Lundqvist touches the post with his stick the first time he reaches the net. On his way back around, he waves his arms above his head and stretches each leg forward once. On his second approach to the net, Lundqvist fires a puck at the goal. On his third go-around he touches his own pads. Then he retreats to the neutral zone to proceed through a fascinating routine of slides, pushes and pad-squeezes. The most interesting moment occurs, though, when the Rangers skaters gather soon after in three lines to take shots on their King. Lundqvist retreats to the crease, gets in position, bows his head, and then holds. He starts nodding his head as he looks down. He looks almost like he’s talking to himself. Dan Girardi waits to take the first shot from the right wing, with Dominic Moore in the middle and Derek Stepan on the left. And they wait and wait for as long as Lundqvist needs, until the goalie suddenly snaps out of it, taps the ice with his stick and turns to Girardi. What is Lundqvist doing in those 10-to-15 seconds? Is he praying? “No. I collect myself a little bit,” Lundqvist tells the Daily News recently. “You concentrate on things you do before you get going. I just go over a few things. It’s so much mental how I prepare. What I’m going over is more technical.” Lundqvist laughs at the thought that his routine has been observed in detail, like he’d never thought before that people may be watching. “I’ve done it so many times I don’t really think about it,” he said. “It’s probably a combination, maybe superstitious but more routine.”