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Friday, October 14, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview + Notes


Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves and earned a win in tonight's contest. Lundqvist made his 11th consecutive start in a Rangers' season-opening game in tonight's contest (dating back to 2006-07), becoming the second goaltender in franchise history to start in at least 11 season-opening games, as well as 11 consecutive season-opening games (Ed Giacomin - 11 from 1965-66 - 1975-76). He also became the second goaltender in franchise history to appear in a regular season game in at least 12 different seasons (Mike Richter - 14 from 1989-90 - 2002-03). Lundqvist earned his 375th career NHL win in tonight's game, passing John Vanbiesbrouck for sole possession of 14th place on the NHL's all-time wins list.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Photos of Henrik Lundqvist at GQ The Gent Salvatore Ferragamo Event


You can Meet Henrik Lundqvist on October 9th


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Mike Richter Thinks Henrik Lundqvist's Championship Window is Still Open


NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist has been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL since his rookie season of 2005-06. He has won 374 regular-season games, has 55 wins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and led the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014.

But time and circumstance appear to be against Lundqvist's chance to win the Stanley Cup.

He will turn 35 on March 2 and enters this season as the backbone of the reconfigured Rangers, who will emphasize youth, speed and special teams.

Lundqvist won 35 games last season, but his 2.48 goals-against average was the highest of his NHL career. He also had a 4.39 goals-against average during a five-game loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round.

But former Rangers goaltender Mike Richter, who was the starter on the Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup championship team, said the window for Lundqvist to win a championship hasn't been slammed shut.

"Your time as an elite player is always closing from the moment you become a top player, but he still has that window open," Richter said following a Q&A with fans at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in Manhattan on Wednesday. "I think he's a tremendous player. One thing that does happen, and you saw it with Martin Brodeur, is you get better as you go in terms of your experience and your understanding of the game. Most importantly is what you understand about yourself and what it takes to get yourself prepared."

Brodeur is the NHL leader in regular-season wins (691), shutouts (125) and games played (1,266). He also defied Father Time. From the time Brodeur was 34 years old in 2006-07 until he retired at 42 in 2014-15, he won 245 games with a 2.31 GAA and .913 save percentage. He also won the Vezina Trophy in back-to-back seasons at ages 34 and 35, and was third in Vezina voting at 37. At age 39 In 2011-12, Brodeur helped the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Final, going 14-9 with a 2.12 GAA and .917 save percentage in 24 postseason games.

"Playing at that level, at any level, is all about fulfilling your potential," Richter said. "You need to know what makes yourself click. And Henrik knows that. He's an absolute professional. He approaches every game to win it and to play his best. He gets that like few people do, and that's what makes him so consistent, so I do think there's plenty of fight left in him."

Critical to keeping Lundqvist going, according to Richter, is Rangers backup goalie Antti Raanta. Lundqvist started 64 games last season and 81 playoff games the past five seasons. Raanta is a solid No. 2 who went 11-6-2 with a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage in 25 games (18 starts), and is in line for a greater workload this season.

"If you don't have two strong goalies, it could be a real problem because you overplay the first one," Richter said. "Henrik, maybe the second problem is he's very competitive and wants to play all the games. But I think he's also mature enough to know there will be times where he'll benefit from the rest.

"The beautiful thing is [the Rangers] have a tremendous one-two punch in their goal. Both of them are world-class players. I don't think they can possibly feel they're not giving themselves a great chance to win [with] whomever's in net."

Despite being close to the upper limit of the NHL salary cap, the Rangers were able to retool after the five-game loss to the Penguins. They added forwards Michael Grabner, Josh Jooris and Nathan Gerbe as free agents and acquired defenseman Nick Holden in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche; all are expected to improve a penalty kill that ranked 26th (78.2 percent) last season. They also signed forward Jimmy Vesey, the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner, and acquired center Mika Zibanejad in a trade with the Ottawa Senators. His 1:25 of shorthanded ice time per game was third among Senators forwards last season.

"I think the Rangers have done a lot to help themselves over the summer," Richter said. "That's the good news. The bad news is it's a very competitive league. There's a lot of teams that keep improving."

The Rangers also retained their core group, including four forwards who scored more than 20 goals: Mats Zuccarello (26), Derek Stepan (22), J.T. Miller (22) and Chris Kreider (21). They are hoping for bounce-back seasons from forwards Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes and defenseman Dan Girardi.

"Do I think they can [make another run]? Yes, I absolutely do," Richter said. "I do think they've got a great nucleus, they've had it for a while. Great leadership. I think they can do a lot of damage. It's a matter of whether they're playing their best when they need it the most."

Henrik Lundqvist Energized by Young Rangers


GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Sitting and catching his breath while doing an interview from his spot in the middle of the New York Rangers dressing room, on the far wall from the two entrances, goalie Henrik Lundqvist turns his head from side to side and smiles.

Lundqvist likes what he sees, a lot. For the 34-year-old goalie going into his 12th NHL season, 15 games shy from playing in his 700th, all with the Rangers, it's like he's bathing in his own personal fountain of youth.

There's Jimmy Vesey and Mika Zibanejad, each 23. There's 21-year-old Pavel Buchnevich. None of them were with the Rangers last season. All three should be top-nine forwards this season.

There are the stalls that belong to 24-year-old Kevin Hayes and 23-year-old J.T. Miller, each entering their third full seasons as forwards with the Rangers, well-worn veterans at this point. Brady Skjei, 22, should be in the top-six defense group. Forward Nicklas Jensen, 23, has a chance to make the team.

The Rangers got younger this offseason. Lundqvist, their oldest player, thinks the youth movement will make them better.

"You always need young players, and then you need guys with their experience. I think that mix makes a good team," Lundqvist said following practice Tuesday. "You need to feel that hunger in the room to want to get better. It doesn't matter if you're young or old, you always want to get better, but when you have new fresh faces come in the room who bring that type of energy, like you saw with the 23-and-under team [Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey 2016], they're maybe not as experienced, but they definitely have the energy and a lot of skill too."

Lundqvist is feeding off that youthful energy around the Rangers, but it's not as if he came in lacking or needing a jolt to get him going for the season. Make no mistake, Lundqvist brought a lot of energy back with him to New York, too.

He arrived at Rangers camp Saturday following a few days off after playing for Team Sweden in the World Cup, where he had a .940 save percentage and 2.25 goals-against average in three games. Team Sweden lost in overtime in the semifinals to Team Europe.

"I was really excited," Lundqvist said. "I was away for four months. I haven't been away from New York that long in 11 years, so it was a good feeling coming back."

Lundqvist got in his first preseason game Tuesday, when he played the first half of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers and stopped 17 of 18 shots. The Rangers lost 4-3 in overtime.

"We were pretty under siege there at the beginning when we were trying to find ourselves," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said, "but I felt like Hank was in the zone right away."

He looked sharp because he feels sharp, a benefit of playing in the World Cup, according to Lundqvist.

"You know you're closer to where you need to be because you played games already," Lundqvist said. "Normally when you come into training camp you have a lot of energy, but you haven't played any games so it's hard to know where you're at, because you always need to play games to get some feedback. Now I've played a few games, I've gotten some feedback, I know what to work on."

He's hungry to improve on what he has already done, a career quite impressive in its totality, even Hall of Fame worthy.

McDonagh, who played for Team USA at the World Cup, said he could tell Lundqvist's competitive side was in overdrive in Toronto. He made 36 saves in a 2-0 win against Team Finland and 45 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss against Team North America.

"It was great to see him stand on his head there for his team multiple times," McDonagh said. "He wants to see results and to make an impact for his team. It was good to see that happen early on to get some confidence going forward."

Perhaps most important, Lundqvist is motivated by what lies ahead, not what happened last season, when the Rangers were knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five games, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Lundqvist started all five games in that series, as he has started every one of the Rangers' past 115 playoff games. He allowed 15 goals in 205 minutes and finished with a 4.39 GAA and .867 save percentage, finishing two of those five games.

"That's behind you now," Lundqvist said. "It was an up-and-down year. I think if we faced another team in the first round maybe it would have gone a little differently. We really played the best team. You're not happy with the way we went out, but after you analyze it, think about it, you try to move on and just learn from it.

"New year, new opportunity, so you can't get stuck on that."

Instead, he's stuck on the Rangers right now.

For example, he's looking forward to getting to know Vesey better, to figuring out what type of shooter he is at the NHL level.

"I need a little more time before I can give you a read on him," Lundqvist said, smiling.

He said early returns are good on Zibanejad, acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators for forward Derick Brassard on July 18.

"Mika looks great out there," Lundqvist said. "A lot of skill too."

Lundqvist has more to learn about Buchnevich and Skjei as well. He can't wait to figure them out.

But when asked if the new faces make the Rangers feel as different as some of the pieces look, Lundqvist hesitated. He doesn't want to get too far ahead of himself, even though he knows he's wearing that 34-year-old smile fit for a fashion magazine when he looks around the room.

"You have to give us a little more time to feel that out, to figure it out what type of team we are," Lundqvist said. "Are we the same team? Are we a different team? I've only been here four days, but I'm sure it's going to have a different look to it. I'm sure it will."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interviews


Monday, September 19, 2016

Another New Henrik & Joel Lundqvist Head & Shoulders Commercial


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist Ronald McDonald Hus (House) Video Interview


Henrik Lundqvist World Cup of Hockey Press Conferences