GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- With Henrik Lundqvist, you have to appreciate the honesty.
All the New York Rangers goalie does to self-evaluate his play during the past 12 starts is recall the extra goal or two or three that he's allowed -- the goals that frustrate elite goalies -- and the analysis becomes easy because the losses have mounted.
"Like the other night (against Florida) I felt I played really well, but I let in that fluky goal in the second and that was the difference in the end," Lundqvist told NHL.com, discussing Jordan Leopold's goal off a soft shot that wound up being the winner in a 3-2 Rangers' loss. "I need to know that my game is right there and I played pretty well. It's just that they got a fluky goal and that was the difference."
The frustrating part for Lundqvist is the difference on most nights has been one goal and, until Monday, when the Rangers broke out for seven goals, he hasn't been getting much offensive support.
However, even in a game like Monday's against Columbus, Lundqvist let four pucks get behind him and gave up two quick ones that forced the Rangers into comeback mode early.
The goals were not all his fault. On a few of them he had no chance and on others there were defensive breakdowns either in front of him or behind him that made it harder for him to see the puck and stop it.Nevertheless, he's an honest self-evaluator. So, Lundqvist flat-out knows that he needs to be that little bit better if the Rangers are going to turn the tide of a season that started out so promising with seven-straight wins after an opening-night loss.
Since starting out 6-1 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .931 save percentage during that eight-game run to start the season, Lundqvist has gone 4-7-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .902 save percentage.
Overall, he's a respectable 10-8-1 with a 2.64 GAA and .913 save percentage. He's No. 20 in the League in both save percentage and goals-against average, but he's never finished a season with a GAA higher than 2.43 or a save percentage lower than .912.
"I feel like I have been pretty consistent in my game, the way I play and I don't try to change too much," Lundqvist said. "It's just that little last percentage that needs to be a little bit better, to cut that extra goal down that will be a big difference in the end."
Rangers coach John Tortorella doesn't disagree.
The goalie is still the least of his concerns, but Lundqvist's own evaluation of his play stands as accurate in Tortorella's mind.
"That's one thing with Henrik, he is legit when it comes to the assessment," Tortorella said. "I'm not a big stat guy because, again, we're just trying to win hockey games; but that's a legit assessment."
Of course, it's not as if Lundqvist has been playing with much margin for error. Before Monday's seven-goal outburst, the Rangers had scored only 2.18 goals per game in his past 11 starts.
The seven losses were by a combined 14 goals, but four of those 14 goals came when Lundqvist had already been pulled for an extra skater."I don't mind low-scoring games," Lundqvist said. "I like that. I like knowing that every mistake can cost you the game. As long as you're winning, I don't care if it's 2-1."
He does care about it, though, when he and the Rangers are on the wrong end of those scores.
That's when the extra goals allowed get magnified. If Lundqvist had the same numbers, but his record during his past dozen starts was reversed to be 7-4-1, there wouldn't be too much reason to look in the mirror, although the perfectionist in him would still fret.
"When you lose sometimes you start thinking too much about changing this or that, but it's more about sticking to what you're doing and hopefully it turns out well for you," Lundqvist said. "I don't think it has been bad, but it could be better."
After last year's Christmas campaign with Mats Sundin in the lead role, Lundqvist brothers follow up success with the theme of ice hockey.
This time, the twin brothers Henrik and Joel Lundqvist to shoulder the role of new faces for the clothing chain.
Stureplanv e talked to Henry about the importance of fashion, how he receives praise from Mats Sundin.
And now it’s the Lundqvist brothers who are looking sleek. ast year's campaign face was Mats Sundin and then we also talked with him before this campaign. When the question of who he thinks did best in the entire NHL he answered - You. Do you agree with him?
- Haha, that was nice of Mats. Oh, I do not know. I have not kept track of the other teams, but many go for comfort more than style. It is very soft pants and t-shirts.
I like a little bit more dress. But Sean Avery's very interested in fashion, more than I am, actually. He also likes to dress up, but perhaps more American.
In addition to your success in ice hockey, you are often noticed for your style and dress. How important is fashion to you?
- I can not say that I put so much energy on it, I prefer to wear a suit when traveling, when we need it to us.
But I still have to put a thought behind what I have on me because it's not that I only take on anything.
But since I am not fashion lion who check all the magazines to keep me updated. I drive my style and it works, so it works.
Do you get much free clothes?
- Yes, But I mean, clothing may not all fit
I have to teach myself to throw away clothes. Or give it away, maybe.
Do you have any particular favorite brand?
- John Varvatos, I like that. They include very nice coats.
If you had not been a profession al hockey player, do you think you had worked with fashion, then?
- Hockey is the only one. It has been my life since I was eight years old. It is difficult to know what to put energy and focus into . But it may very well emerge.
I mean, there will be a new career after this. Time flies.
At the moment we talked with Mats Sundin, we asked him who also dresses the worst in the NHL, and when he mentioned a guy named Gary Roberts. Who do you keeps such a high standard?
- During my first two years New York Rangers, I played with a guy named Jason Strudwick. And he was no fashionist a, you can of course say. Very funny shirts and very comfortabl e. But he did not put any energy into it either, and it's fine.
You do as I say this campaign with your twin brother, Joel. Have you borrowed a lot of clothes together through the years?
- No, we have not done, actually. It has probably happened a few times but it is enough to count on both hands. What’s mine is mine and what's his is his. We have not wanted to interfere.
Do you call each other and ask for fashion advise?
- He's called me stylish but I have never phoned him, haha. When we were younger, I was on him quite often, about everything really.
ShareThis Rangers All-Star Henrik Lundqvist Selected As Garden of Dreams Spokesperson Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Garden of Dreams Foundation has named New York Rangers All-Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist as its spokesperson. In this role, Lundqvist will serve as the face of Garden of Dreams, host children at Rangers games, conduct special events such as skating parties at the MSG Training Center, and participate in public service messages.
In the two years since its establishment, Garden of Dreams has partnered with a diverse collection of children’s related organizations, including hospitals, foster organizations, homeless shelters, and “wish” organizations to develop unique events and activities - often involving unprecedented access to Madison Square Garden celebrities, events and venues - to brighten the lives of thousands of special children and their families.
“The Garden of Dreams Foundation has a simple, yet heroic purpose: to use the power and magic of Madison Square Garden to make dreams come true for kids in crisis and Henrik Lundqvist embodies the characteristics of what our foundation is all about,” said Hank J. Ratner, chairman, Garden of Dreams. “Henrik’s passion, inspiration and commitment for helping New York kids in crisis make him the ideal match for our foundation, which looks to expand its extraordinary breadth and create unique experiences for even more children in the future.”
“I have seen firsthand the unforgettable and impactful events that Garden of Dreams creates and it is truly an honor to have been chosen to represent the Foundation and the incredible work it does with Madison Square Garden in helping children,” stated Lundqvist. “Community outreach is very important to me and I am excited about this new role which I hope will focus more attention on the efforts being made to bring joy and one-of-a-kind memories to so many children facing enormous hardships. I am also looking forward to spending time with the children I have met through Garden of Dreams.”
ShareThis Avery, Lundqvist are stylish slaves to fashion
Just imagine if Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had been drafted and developed by the Dallas Stars. Cowboy boots and chaps for the stylish Swedish goaltender? Perhaps.
Lundqvist's teammate Sean Avery did spend a portion of last season with the Stars, but was traded back to New York and the city where he, too, has forged a reputation as one of the most style conscious NHL players off the ice.
New York is one of the fashion capitals of the world and it just seems a natural fit that these two high-profile athletes, who are pretty good hockey players in their own right, are entrenched in the style scene there.
Lundqvist's wardrobe includes designer names such as Dior, Hugo Boss, and Tiger of Sweden. After a game, it's not uncommon to see Avery stepping out of Madison Square Garden dressed in Alexander McQueen, Dries van Noten or Gucci. He is also a consultant for menswear line Commonwealth Utilities, and did a celebrated summer internship at Vogue magazine in 2008.
"To play in New York, it's very special. You get an opportunity to do stuff that you probably wouldn't be able to do somewhere else," Lundqvist, 27, said.
"So I mean, I really try to enjoy the whole thing. I'm here to play hockey. My main focus is to play hockey, but you've got to enjoy life and it's a short career. But for me personally, I like to do things off the ice to kind of relax from hockey, because we focus so much on playing games and traveling, and so when you have time to do something else, it's a good fit for me, and New York is a good place for that."
Part of what Lundqvist is describing included playing acoustic guitar at the grand opening of Avery's new Manhattan bar/restaurant, Warren 77, in the fashionable Tribeca neighborhood last May.
It's not just that Lundqvist and Avery enjoy nice clothes, but that they can break out of the traditional athlete mold and fit into the fashionista and glitterati mode of fast-paced and trendy New York. Both have attended annual New York Fashion Week events. Avery, 29, is involved with a charity called Career Gear, which is an organization that gives job-interview clothes to the homeless and others trying to get a fresh start in life. Avery even went on the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show to promote the charity. On the set the two engaged in an accuracy-shooting contest and when Avery easily won, Fallon made good on a friendly bet and agreed to donate the suit he was wearing to Career Gear.
"You're like the Martha Stewart of hockey," Fallon told Avery.
As for Lundqvist, the goaltender has been featured in the January 2009 issue of L'uomo Vogue, the Italian men's fashion magazine, and the October 2009 issue of GQ Magazine. He was also on the cover of the New York Post's Page Six Magazine with the headline, "Henrik Lundqvist, the world's sexiest ice man."
"[The Rangers all] wear a suit every time we travel. So it's pretty much five days a week in a suit," Lundqvist said. "There's a lot of space in my closet dedicated to that. And I never wear T-shirts. I don't want to wear something that's not me."
Lundqvist is an introverted Swede with brown locks uncharacteristic of his homeland -- you think Swedish, you usually think blonde. Avery, meanwhile, is an extroverted Canadian from the Toronto suburb of North York who prefers to be a bit flashier in style and substance.
"Sean's one of a kind," Lundqvist said. "When Page Six Magazine put me on its Top 25 Best Dressed list [September 2008] with the caption "Sean who?" I gave it to my brother [fraternal twin Joel, a former center for the Dallas Stars, Avery's former team] to put in Sean's stall in the locker room. Sean didn't think it was very funny."
Lundqvist was named to People magazine's list of Most Beautiful People in 2006, not long after he began his NHL career and earned the nickname "King Henrik." That beauty and style was also recognized by renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber.
"His people saw me at a party and organized a meeting through the League," Lundqvist said. That shoot eventually was published in L'uomo Vogue.
"(Lundqvist) likes to dress up. But sometimes I don't understand how he can put on his pants because they're so tight," said former teammate Scott Gomez. Avery's interest in fashion differs in several ways, but is no less celebrated than Lundqvist's. A report called Avery "a self-confessed clotheshorse who has been known to give girlfriends advice on how to dress, and in interviews has expressed a dream to become a fashion editor after his days on the ice."
Avery says women's fashion is more interesting because it offers more ways to be creative. With men, "You do suits and pants and that's about that," he said. "Women's clothes tell a story. That's what's interesting to me."
To get the internship at Vogue, Avery sent a letter to editor-in-chief Anna Wintour expressing his desire to work there. A spokesperson for the magazine said Avery worked with several editors and performed traditional intern chores, right down to making copies, but also attended several couture shows around the world.
Avery has partnered with friend Lauryn Flynn, the former director of celebrity services for Calvin Klein. "We want to get it back to the point where girls don't worry about what US Weekly says. It's about expressing individual style and just wearing what's cool," Avery said. "I'm totally consumed by fashion. We want to help them bring their individuality back."
Would you believe that New Line Cinema has commissioned a screenplay based on Avery's life as a fashionista?
"I think it's going to be something that guys can take their girls to," Avery said.
Lundqvist has a contract to play for the Rangers that runs through 2013-14, but hockey and fashion fans should get accustomed to seeing him in New York for longer than that.
"I'm pretty settled and just signed a six-year contract," he said. "I can see myself staying here after my career. I love this city."
ShareThis The 25-year-old, second-year New York Rangers goaltending sensation, who finished third last season in voting for the Vezina Trophy (the NHL’s best goaltender award), set the Rangers rookie goaltending wins record (30, the most since 1942) and snagged a gold medal for Sweden at the 2006 Olympics, told New York Press that being beautiful means little to him, playing ABBA after a win means a lot to his team and being a goalie means being a little lonely.
NY PRESS: Last year you were one of People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People in the World.” How does that make you feel considering that you spend 99 percent of your professional life wearing a mask?
Henrik Lundqvist: I think the People magazine was a fun thing, but it was more for people who were, how do you say it, passing the time. I don’t know if I really fit. I had a good year on the ice. Obviously, without a facemask, I would be in the hospital right now.
Your identical twin brother, Joel, plays in the Dallas Stars organization. Once you made the list shouldn’t they have included him? (laughs) Well, we have different styles. That’s for sure. Maybe you can ask the jury about that.
With Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Eric Staal and you, there are so many big NHL stars that are 25 and under. How often do you guys get together and talk about the future of the league?
Not too much. The schedule is so busy we don’t have time to meet other players. I met the other guys at an awards banquet after last season, but it was just to say “hi” and a quick talk.
In order to promote this league, why is it so important for fans to see NHL players with their helmets and masks off?
I think it’s always good if you can reach out there and find new fans. I know they’re talking about doing shootouts without the helmets. That’s a good idea. It’s hard for people to recognize hockey players and how they look. A thing like that might be helpful.
Lots of people blame owner James L. Dolan for the Knicks’ troubles; why don’t the same people give him a little credit for the Rangers turnaround?
That’s a good question. I don’t know who you should blame when things are going bad for a team. Hopefully, this year the Knicks do better and people might be more satisfied with the team. Dolan, he’s a great guy.
Many people thought New York Islanders owner Charles Wang was crazy when he signed goalie Rick DiPietro to an historic 15-year, $67.5 million contract. What’s so crazy about that?
It’s a long time, especially in sports. You don’t know what’s going to happen with injuries. It’s hard to tell how good you’ll be in 10 years, let alone 15. I mean it’s really good for DiPietro. He’s a great goaltender. It’s just that it was really surprising that anyone was able to sign a contract like that.
Back in Frolunda, Sweden, you played guitar in a rock band?
The name of the band was Box Play. We only played covers. It was Swedish rock. We were not good at all. It was taken out of proportion when I got over here. I love music. It takes your energy away from hockey. There’s so much hockey going on all the time—games, practices—so it’s fun to have something else to do. It makes you relax.
You’ve played hockey in arenas all over the world. What’s so special about Madison Square Garden?
I think it’s the history. The crowd is so intense. There’s just some buildings, when you play in them, you feel the difference. It’s in the bricks.
What about Rangers fans is different than other hockey fans? In my experience, they are very, um, how would you say, “excited.” They are really into the team and how things are going, and they really want to know everything. It’s hard to explain but [the Rangers] are obviously a very important thing to a lot of people.
That doesn’t scare you at all?
I mean, of course it comes with pressure, too. We want to perform well. So it helps you put a lot of pressure on yourself to achieve.
In baseball, some years they say it’s a pitcher’s league and other years a hitter’s league. Is the NHL a goalie’s league?
I think it might have been before the lockout. But with the new rules, it has changed. There’s a lot more goals scored right now. I say it’s a “team game league” now. It used to be very important to have lot of star players. Now it’s more important to have a very solid, four-line team.
Sometimes, are you just dying to bust out of the net, skate the full length of ice and score a goal?
Not really. The feeling to make a good save for the team, that’s the feeling I like. I don’t mind scoring, though. That could be a lot of fun. But I’m not allowed to cross the red line, so I’d have to do it from my own end.
Last year, you privately struggled with migraine headaches. Doctors said it came from grinding your teeth at night. How’s that coming along?
I had some problems over the summer, but when I got back here, I got some medication. It feels really good now. It feels good to be 100 percent out on the ice. When you have something that disturbs you, it’s hard to perform your best.
Is it lonely being a goalie?
(long pause) It’s a strange position. Not strange, but it’s very different. It’s almost like you’re on your own. Yes, like you’re lonely. You still feel support from your teammates, but when you’re out there, you’re kind of doing your own thing. You’re playing your own game. A lot of guys depend on you. Sure, you feel their support, yet, as I said, you’re out there on your own. But I like it. That’s why I’m a goalie.
ShareThis The New York Rangers are headed to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, and 24-year-old Swedish sensation Henrik Lundqvist is a key part of the turnaround. The rookie goalie and recent Olympic gold-medalist has been part of the team for less than a year, but he’s played the position since he was 8 years old, when he skated on a frozen lake in Are, Sweden. As hockey’s postseason approaches, Lundqvist explains his workout, which is different from his teammates’—no other position requires the same level of stamina and staccato activity. “As a goalie,” he explains, “you almost play a different sport. I’m supposed to be more flexible.” Learning yoga, he admits, is on his summer agenda, but right now, Lundqvist is trying to stay “light,” as he puts it, yet maintain enough mass to carry home one very large silver cup.
The Workout CARDIO Fast blasts. Since the Rangers typically play every second day, Lundqvist gets plenty of in-game conditioning. When backup Kevin Weekes starts, Lundqvist adds high-intensity sprints to his morning skate. “We train a goaltender in short bursts,” says Rangers strength-and-conditioning coach Reg Grant. “In games, most of the work they do takes from fifteen to twenty seconds.” When training off the ice, Lundqvist substitutes quick hits of cycling, with five to ten seconds between each interval.
STRENGTH TRAINING Legs, legs, legs. “The best goalies are the most explosive,” says Grant, and all of the force should come from the lower body. While holding a set of free weights, Lundqvist runs through a sequence of ten to fifteen lunges, squats, and one-legged squats with no rest in between. “The repair process from a strength workout takes 48 hours,” adds Grant, so Lundqvist does his muscle-building right after games for maximum rest time.
CORE Playing at work. Grant believes that goalies should train in the same positions they use on the ice. So he fashions drills to mimic Lundqvist’s three stances: standing at the net, a “butterfly” position on both knees with feet out to the sides, and a “kick save,” where Lundqvist leans on one knee with his other leg out to the side. “When I’m down in butterfly or pushing some weights on the sides, I get my stomach, back, groin—the whole package in one drill,” says Lundqvist.
Medicine-ball toss. Lundqvist trains harder in the off-season, adding extra drills like this one. As he moves through the three stances, Grant hurls a weighted ball just out of the goalie’s reach. Lundqvist is forced to rotate his torso to catch the ball, stabilize himself with his core, and then use his upper-body strength to toss it back.
Cable pulls. Lundqvist gets into a kick-save stance four to six feet to the side of a Cybex machine, holding its weighted cables straight out in front of him. Then he stabilizes himself while rotating from an upright position to fully bent over his outstretched leg, working his lats and abs.
PLYOMETRICS Side-to-side hurdles. Another off-season favorite. Grant sets up a six-, twelve-, or eighteen-inch plastic hurdle and has Lundqvist jump over it laterally. Next, he’ll stand in front of a two-foot-high box and spring onto the top with both feet, then step down, repeating this eight times. This improves his ability to make lightning-fast movements from a standing start.
MENTAL FOCUS The empty mind. The Rangers have a mental-skills coach who works with them on exercises like visualizing successful plays. But Lundqvist believes that simply not thinking about hockey helps him focus when he returns to the ice. So, before games, he plugs in his iPod for a motivating power-punk block of Sum 41 or Blink 182. After the games, “when I try to relax, it’s more Swedish rock, softer music,” he says. “And I go out and do fun stuff. I play guitar, but it doesn’t matter really what it is—just something that keeps you away from hockey.”
SLEEP Nine to ten hours minimum. “I like to sleep,” says Lundqvist. On game days, he even fits in a siesta. “I’ll go to the hotel around 2 p.m. and sleep for two hours,” he says. “When we play in New York, everybody stays at the Affinia Manhattan, across from the Garden.”
DIET Carbo-loading. A typical breakfast is oatmeal and a bagel; lunch is pasta with meat sauce. It’s a game-day tradition to gather for an all-you-can eat buffet of pasta, rice, potatoes, fish, and meat. Hydration is essential, which means liters of yellow Powerade during games. “Sometimes it just feels like the only thing you do is play hockey and eat,” Lundqvist says.
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ShareThis NY Ranger Henrik Lundqvist Loves the Boss and Jersey Boys Name: Henrik Lundqvist Age: 27 Occupation: Goaltender for the New York Rangers Neighborhood: Midtown West
Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Conan O'Brien. I know he's moved to L.A., but I'll also consider him a New Yorker.
What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Barbecue pork ribs at Houston's on 27th and Park.
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? I stop pucks that are coming at me at 90 miles per hours!
Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary? That's a tough one. Maybe. Or I would move back to Sweden. Not sure.
What's the last thing you saw on Broadway? Jersey Boys. I really enjoyed the show. I recognized most of the songs, so that helped. I loved the lead character's New York accent.
Do you give money to panhandlers? Yes, I do. I have a good life, so why not share a little? I get that feeling a lot when I see people on the street.
What's your drink? Vitaminwater and Coke. If I'm at a bar, I favor Grey Goose and Red Bull.
How often do you prepare your own meals? Never. I can't cook and I'm a bit lazy.
What's your favorite medication? Being on the ice.
What's hanging above your sofa? A signed Bruce Springsteen photo.
How much is too much to spend on a haircut? I don't spend more than $100 on a haircut.
When's bedtime? 11 to 11:30 p.m. But since I spend so much time on the road, I tend to get home after midnight most nights . Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square? I like the new style.
What do you think of Donald Trump? I like him. He's successful and funny. And The Apprentice is great television!
What do you hate most about living in New York? Slow drivers in the left lane!!
Who is your mortal enemy? Every time I step on the ice, I try to see the opposing team as my biggest enemy!
When's the last time you drove a car? Yesterday. I drive to and from practice almost every day.
How has the Wall Street crash affected you? I just pay more attention to my investments.
Times, Post, or Daily News? New York Post.
Where do you go to be alone? I love to sit in my guest bedroom, pick up my guitar, and play while I look out at my view of New York. It's very relaxing!
What makes someone a New Yorker? I heard something about a ten-year rule: If you've lived here for ten years or more, you can call yourself a New Yorker. That sounds good to me. I have six years to go! By: Vanita Salisbury
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