I don't even have to know Swedish to see that Henrik is a great actor. It baffles me that there seems to be no New York- based American brands/companies giving him any consideration to promote for them. He'd be fantastic. Look how popular his first ESPN commercial was and he barley even spoke in that.
ShareThisI missed this one back in December, but here it is...
The Rangers' goalie could very well be the best-dressed athlete in any sport right now. Take, for example, how he's wearing this here tuxedo (at the opening of an opera, of all godforsaken occasions): The slim silhouette and slight sheen of the midnight-blue cloth set him apart, and with the pocket square just so and the bow tie the exact right size, he is clearly a man in full command of his powers. Read more: The Best Dressed Men of 2012 - Esquire's Best Dressed Men of the Year - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/style/fashion-story/best-dressed-men-of-2012#ixzz2LOHZu1GX
Here's a couple more pictures since I haven't posted some in awhile...
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Henrik Lundqvist has a talent for making the very difficult look easy, but Monday it was hard for him to hide the effort. Perhaps there was no way he could come up with the save on this one.
“The last time we played them was a special series,” he said, straining to come up with a new answer to the old question about what it feels like to renew the rivalry with the Devils and Martin Brodeur. “I look forward to seeing them again.”
The Rangers will play the Devils on Tuesday for the first time since they lost to them in the Eastern Conference finals last spring. The rivalry picks up at Prudential Center in Newark, where it left off May 25 when Adam Henrique scored on Lundqvist in overtime in Game 6 to send the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals and the Rangers home for the summer.
“What can I say?” Lundqvist said when asked again about the matchup. “It’s the same question for eight years.”
Lundqvist did well in treating each iteration of the Devils/Brodeur question with courtesy and thoughtfulness, as he always does. But this time, the sense of tedium was visible.
Still, the question was reasonable. The Rangers, who were the top seed in the East, went into the conference finals a slight favorite. It was the first time the teams had met in the conference finals since 1994, when the Rangers won the series on Stephane Matteau’s goal in the second overtime of Game 7.
But Brodeur narrowly outplayed Lundqvist, allowing 12 goals on a .927 save percentage to Lundqvist’s 13 goals and .917.
Now, to face them again had to bring up some painful memories, surely? But Lundqvist said no.
“When it happened and the season is over, you just try to forget about it — it hurts,” he said. “But you definitely try to learn from it.”
Brodeur, 40, is almost surely headed to the Hall of Fame at the end of his N.H.L. career, which dates to 1992, all with the Devils. Lundqvist, 30, who won the Vezina Trophy last season, is in the prime of his career, which started in 2005, all with the Rangers. Lundqvist holds the advantage over Brodeur in regular-season matchups, with 23 victories and a .941 save percentage to 12 victories and a .920 save percentage for Brodeur.
This season, both goalies are off to spotty starts. Lundqvist has a .904 save percentage, 21st among the N.H.L.’s 39 regular goalies through Sunday. Brodeur, at .899, ranked 23rd. But those numbers will almost certainly improve.
Lundqvist’s admiration for Brodeur remains high. With the cameras off, he spoke about how good Brodeur remains despite having played for so many years.
“He doesn’t go as deep into the butterfly as younger guys, so that style of his hasn’t been as hard on his knees,” Lundqvist said. “And he can read the game so well — that’s something that improves with age if you stay sharp, and makes up for whatever quickness you might lose as you get older. Marty’s still got it.”
Lundqvist said there would be no added emotions in returning to the Devils’ rink. “No, I’ve walked into that building so many times,” he said. “It’s the past now, what happened last season.
“We’ve played against them so many times — there have been a lot of great games in the past,” he continued, finally finding the right combination of words and sentiments. “That’s what makes these games special. I like that.”
The following article is a guest post that was submitted to me by the people at Fanduel.com. We saw the Rangers step up their level of play in front of Martin Biron the other night. Hopefully they can continue that level in front of Henrik tomorrow in New Jersey. Despite the season just being a few weeks old, Henrik Lundqvist already has to be a bit fed up with the help he is receiving from his defense. While the numbers suggest that Lundqvist is struggling in the first few games this season, those watching the games can see that he is often left in difficult situations to make the stops he has been known for throughout his career. The New York Rangers have started off the lockout-shortened season 3-3-0. Although it is still extremely early, Lundqvist just recently improved his save percentage enough to get it above 90%. In the first two games, the Lundqvist and the defense were lost at times, giving up nine goals to the Bruins and Penguins combined. Chemistry issues seem to be the main focal point for people critically looking at this 2013 squad. That can be expected though, especially with some new faces on the team and the lack of a formal training camp due to the lockout. Rick Nash has been pretty solid so far this season, but the defense that helps prevent Lundqvist from being vulnerable just has not been there yet. When it is Lundqvist will be a definite starter for any fantasy hockeyheads out there.
Better times seem to be on the way for the Rangers and Lundqvist though due to their level of play. After having a dreadful first period against the Maple Leafs last weekend, he shut them out over the next two. He backed that up with a solid performance against the Flyers, who were only able to find the back of the net once late in the game on a power play.
Overall, the Rangers appear to be just fine. They were the top team in the Eastern Conference last season, so obviously expectations are high. Lundqvist is improving after a slow start, but nothing he is doing individually really seems to indicate that he has lost anything. As he continues to age, that could be an issue, but for now the timing and overall chemistry is the biggest worry. Once they give him the help he needs, the Rangers will begin to climb back up in the standings as one of the best teams in the NHL.