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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Henrik Lundqvist Searching For Rhythm as New York Rangers Get Off to Slow Start to Open Season


While many NHL teams go cannon-balling into the season, the Rangers' schedule only lets them dip their toes in the shallow end of the pool, with a stretch of five games in 14 days making it difficult for Henrik Lundqvist to get into the flow.

"We've only had two games, so it still feels like we haven't started really, yet," the goaltender said Wednesday in Greenburgh. "We're still looking to get into that nice rhythm."

That's important for Lundqvist, who has given up eight goals over the Rangers' 1-1 start. While he has made some breathtaking saves, he has also let some pucks into the net that he likely would stop had his timing been in midseason form.

With the Rangers not playing between Monday's 6-4 loss to the Islanders and Friday's home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, their schedule still has almost a preseason feel. The Devils, by comparison, played their fourth game last night in Buffalo.

"You didn't really get into a flow before you get a couple days off," Lundqvist said. "It's a long break here, but we've also got an opportunity to work on some stuff, so that's good. After this, it goes, so I'm looking to get into a nice rhythm."

When Lundqvist and the Rangers do return to the ice Friday night, they will be joined by their captain, Chris Drury, who missed the first two games with a broken left index finger. The 34-year-old center skated with top-line wingers Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov in practice Wednesday, as Erik Christensen was held out after injuring his right leg in Monday's game.

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