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Friday, January 30, 2015

Henrik Lundqvist Couldn't Name All Four Members of the Beatles


Does anyone else find this as shocking as I do?!

Henrik Lundqvist's Guide to Grooming ( Interview)


Henrik Lundqvist, 32
Goaltender, New York Rangers

For your face?
When it comes to creams, I don't really use that stuff. And I never use razors. I use a trimmer.

For your cologne?

For your hair?
I use American Crew hair wax. Shampoo? Whatever they have at the rink. I'm kind of a spokesperson for Head and Shoulders back in Sweden so, of course, Head and Shoulders!

How do you treat black eyes or scrapes?
Well, I'm a goalie, so usually I don't get a lot of cuts or anything.

Do you grow a playoff beard?
I mean, last year, obviously, we went almost all the way, so then when you play for two months...I didn't measure it, but it was pretty full. When you trim right afterward, it takes a while to get clean, but it was interesting to see the development.

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview + Notes


Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves in the contest. He has posted a 7-3-0 record, along with a 1.86 GAA and a .940 SV% in his last 10 appearances. Lundqvist has registered a 14-4-0 record, along with a 1.80 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 1 SO in his last 18 appearances. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of his last 17 starts. In his last 34 appearances, Lundqvist has posted a 22-9-3 record, along with a 2.02 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 5 SO.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Henrik Lundqvist Now Has His Own TV Show!


New York, NY (January 23, 2015) – An all-star lineup will join New York Rangers star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for a five-episode season of the new MSG Networks series “The Mask with Henrik Lundqvist.” The half-hour episodes feature Lundqvist in one-on-one interviews with his celebrity friends as they design one-of-a-kind goalie masks that Lundqvist will wear in upcoming games this season. Each mask is representative of the guest and their favorite things. Discussing everything from sports and pop culture to cooking and family, Lundqvist livens up the conversation as he goes into the kitchen with Mario Batali, gets on the ice with Michael J. Fox, steps into the DJ booth with Tiësto, goes car racing with Jeff Gordon, and challenges John McEnroe to a friendly game of tennis. After each mask is worn in a game, they will be auctioned off for charity with all proceeds benefiting The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and The Garden of Dreams Foundation. “The Mask with Henrik Lundqvist” is produced by Stick Figure Productions and will premiere on Monday, February 16 after the Rangers/Islanders game.

“I’ve been working on this project for over a year and I’m really excited to be able to share it with Rangers fans,” said Lundqvist. “I thought it would be a lot of fun to sit down with friends to design original masks that I will then wear in games and auction off to raise money for disadvantaged children.”

“We are so glad that Henrik came to us with this unique project and know that Rangers fans will enjoy stepping off the ice with him in this series,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “Whether it’s in a race car with Jeff Gordon or in the kitchen with Mario Batali, working on a project that he is so passionate about will really show fans a side of Henrik that they’ve never seen.”

Lundqvist, 32, is the only goaltender in NHL history who has won at least 20 games in each of his first 10 seasons. Lundqvist is the Rangers’ all-time leader in wins (332), shutouts (55), save percentage (.920), playoff appearances (92), and playoff wins (43). He has won more games than any goaltender who has spent his entire career with only one franchise in NHL history. Last season, Lundqvist led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final and became the first goaltender in NHL history to win five consecutive Game 7s. The seven-time Rangers’ MVP was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender in five of his first nine NHL seasons, and won the award in 2011-12. Lundqvist has also represented Sweden three times at the Winter Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014), winning a gold medal in 2006 in Torino, Italy and a silver medal in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

UPDATED Henrik Lundqvist Swedish Radio Interview (Now Includes Translation)


He is one of the NHL's biggest poster's name and one of the best hockey goalkeepers of all time.

Radiosporten met Henrik Lundqvist exclusively for a long interview that spanned over last year's Stanley Cup loss, the great music craze and the daughter's interest in animated films in Russian.

- There were a few Russian words here about a week, almost as if she is trilingual, says Henrik Lundqvist in a frank interview.

"When I met Henke Lundqvist on a New York Rangers training in the same arena as the Stanley Cup final was played in (Staples Center, Los Angeles) so I did not think that they always sit in the same place in the changing rooms.

But after training he sat in the dressing room right where he sat with his head bowed after the last Stanley Cup final match, while the Los Angels Kings celebrated on the ice. And we started talking about 2014, after all, was a good year for "Henke" with both the Olympic finals and Stanley Cup finals. "

- Absolutely, it was a really fun year. Second half of the NHL season went really well for us. OS was fun and playoffs was also really fun. There are many highlights when you look back, or summarizing, 2014.

I actually think you were sitting right where you are sitting now when I last saw you here (at the Staples Center editor's note) and you were very sad ..

- Yes, I thought about it when you came in here. It was actually like a flashback to when I was so saddened six months ago or whatever it was. It is so far the heaviest Time at 2014. To go from the most thrilling and delightful moment to the very hard within seconds when the adventure was over.

Listen to the long, open-hearted story with Henrik Lundqvist in the clip above.

UPDATED with translation, thanks to reader, Oliver W! 

Interviewer: We started talking about the year 2014, witch was a great year for Henrik with an Olympic finale and Stanley Cup finale.

Henrik: Yeah, it was a very amusing year. Second half of the NHL season went great for us, Olympics was fun, Stanley cup was very fun too so… yeah it was a lot of highlights when you lock back at the year.

Interviewer: I think you sat just a this spot the last time we spoke after your lost the chance to win the Stanley cup and you were very, very sad.

Henrik: Yeah, I thought about it when I saw you walking in here. It came to me as a flashback when i sat here all disappointed about 5, 6 months ago. It was of course the most heavy moment in 2014, definitely. To go from the most exiting and great moment to the most disappointing and hardest moment in just a few seconds. But it was a great journey and I look back at the Stanley Cup as a great time and we won a lot of hard games so it’s not only the end you see, it’s the fun memories during the Cup.

Interviewer: Was it extra hard with all the games that went to overtime and you know that it’s so little that determines it?

Henrik: Well, you know it when you play, it didn’t feel like a 4-1 series. The puck hit the post every overtime and we were so close to win all three games here in LA, but that moment has passed and you don’t think about it that much now. Of course, you think of it and wonder what would happen if you did anything in a different way, but it’s not like you sit and think about it all the time. You move on. Now I focus on this season and this years challenges and hopefully to play in the Stanley Cup again.

Interviewer: But when you are 95 years old you will think of it and be like ”Damn I should have been doing that instead”

Henrik: (Laughs) Yeah probably,, no, I don’t think it will be removed out of my head. Specially when it was so close with the post hits and everything. It’s extremely hard work to reach that to that point so I don’t think I every will forget it.

Interviewer: It was close then but so good that the Rangers are now at the LA visiting is as good as they’ve ever been. 12 wins on 13 games makes you forget how bad they started the season. Carl Hagelin talks about that they had a Stanley Cup-Hangover and that they found their way back and also about the most competitive man in the team, Henrik Lundqvist.

Carl: Well, I think it’s his way of always wants to win. He cares so much about his own performance and always wants to be 100% and if he’s not he becomes really angry and if the team is not 100% he becomes angry at the team so I think it is his love to compete and that’s why he is where he is.

Interviewer: Is that something you take after him because I think that sounds a bit like you too.

Carl: Yeah, I think that is something I always had and if I didn’t had it I wouldn’t be where I am today but I think it’s some differences because he’s a goalie and they are more exposed and then I think it’s really important to focus on yourself when you stand there in the goal.

Henrik: It feels like everybody in the team is playing in a very high level and that we have a lot of trust on each other and trust our game system and do the details right which helps us in the defense and to create good chances forward and it we become more confident when we win and it becomes more fun to play so, yeah. We’re in a good period right now and just focusing on winning the upcoming games too, because the other teams are winning too and it’s tight at the top.

Interviewer: Your daughter, how many languages does she masters? She is quite old now, 2 and a half.

Henrik: Hahha, it’s a lot of Swedish and English and then she watched some Russian cartoon so it came, to our surprise, out some Russian words out of her mouth. So she almost speaks three languages now haha. It’s fun, you see how she’s develops a lot now at this time.

Interviewer: Does she sees if it’s you or Talbot in the goal?

Henrik: I doubt that, she is really a hockey fanatic and it’s a lot of ”Let’s go Rangers” and ”Let’s go Papa” and that she yells both home but also in the stadium so she thinks it's funny.

Interviewer: It’s not only his daughter who got Henrik as an idol, his jersey is one of the most selling in NHL, he plays guitar and guest the David Letterman’s show and he has absolutely the highest star rating of the Swedish NHL-players and this is what he thinks about that:

Henrik: Of course it’s flattering when people appreciate what you do and that’s how it is. You become happy when you get positive comments and especially on this level when you worked really hard to get up here and if people likes it then it motivates you to work even harder.

Interviewer: Now you have a daughter and a wife, how do they effect you?

Henrik: Well, I think it’s important to have people next to you, like my mom, dad and wife otherwise it becomes difficult to get forward, both when I grew up but also now. There’s a lot of things going on now so having people balancing that up is really important.

Interviewer: Your sister has given out who your guitarheros are.

Henrik: You’ve done your homework hahah. My sister was a big Guns and Roses fan and had a lot of posters in her room and me as little kid thought it was cool and I had just started playing guitar and Guns and Roses is definitely one of them.

Interviewer: Eric Clapton?

Henrik: Well, my mother was a Clapton fan, so yeah, the women kind of controlled and controls my life. Back then it was my mother and sister and now it’s my wife and daughter and an daughter on the way so.

Interviewer: How exiting! How far pregnant is she?

Henrik: In March comes number 2, so it will be great for Charlise to get a sister.

Interviewer: You often see the goalies make themselves at home at their goal and it’s almost like they’re making the goal happy and that the goal will help them save the pucks but when I said that to Henrik he just laughed.

Henrik: Well, you change goal all the time so I don’t get the feeling that this is my goal when I step out in the first period. It’s more about focusing on the puck and make sure it doesn’t pass you not so much about your relation to the goal.

Interviewer: How do you do to reset yourself if you’re playing a game with a bad start?

Henrik: ah,, you’re just trying to focus on the next situation and not think about whats happened before. I think it’s the best to do. That is the most difficult part of being a goalie.. to be in the right way mentally.

From Oliver:

This took a little bit longer than I expected so I will just tell you shortly what they said the last two minutes. He tells that the hardest part is to be on top all the time and to find the right way to recharge every game. He doesn’t think it’s so hard to travel so much at this point and the travel back becomes a lot easier if you won the game. He also tells that he enjoys his life very much now and he thinks it’s at least as fun now as it was 10 years ago. If he can play until he turns 40 he will be very happy.

Thank you again, Oliver!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview + Notes


Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves to record his third consecutive victory and his 23rd win of the season. He has made at least 30 saves in each of his last three contests and in 10 games this season. When posting 30 or more saves in a game in 2014-15, Lundqvist has registered an 8-1-1 record, along with a 1.48 GAA, a .956 SV%, and 2 SO. He has posted a 7-1-0 record, along with a 1.69 GAA and a .945 SV% in his last eight games. In his last 16 appearances, Lundqvist has registered a 14-2-0 record, along with a 1.71 GAA, a .940 SV%, and 1 SO. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his last 15 starts (13-0-0 record in the 13 contests in which he allowed two or fewer goals). In his last 32 appearances, Lundqvist has posted a 22-7-3 record, along with a 1.99 GAA, a .930 SV%, and 5 SO. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Lundqvist is tied for fifth in the NHL in wins (23), ranks seventh in GAA (2.25), and is tied for eighth in the NHL in SV% (.921) this season. -

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview + Notes (Makes 30 Saves in Historic Win)


Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to record his 20th win of the season and extend his personal winning streak to four games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist is the first goalie in NHL history to record at least 20 wins in each of the first 10 seasons in which he played in the league. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader is now tied with Mike Richter for the most 20-win seasons in Rangers history (10). Lundqvist is the only NHL goaltender who has recorded at least 20 wins in each of the last 10 seasons (2005-06 – 2014-15), and he is the 22nd goalie in NHL history to earn at least 20 wins in 10 or more seasons in his career. Lundqvist has posted a 1.25 GAA and a .950 SV% (96 saves on 101 shots) over his personal four-game winning streak. In his last 12 games, he has registered an 11-1-0 record, along with a 1.57 GAA, a .939 SV%, and 1 SO. Lundqvist has also posted a 19-6-3 record, along with a 1.97 GAA, a .928 SV%, and 5 SO in his last 28 games. He is tied for seventh in the NHL in wins (20) this season.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Henrik Lundqvist Post-Game Video Interview + Notes


Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to record his 19th win of the season. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader has posted a 10-1-0 record, along with a 1.62 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO in his last 11 appearances. Lundqvist has also posted an 18-6-3 record, along with a 2.01 GAA, a .926 SV%, and 5 SO in his last 27 appearances. He has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of his last 10 appearances and in 17 of his last 27 appearances. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Henrik Lundqvist's Jersey is Still a Top Seller


The Top 10 in jersey sales:

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Probably no coincidence that the Blackhawks, Rangers, Penguins, Capitals and Kings all had new sweater designs in 2014 through outdoor game participation or, in the Penguins’ case, third jerseys, too.

Kane and Lundqvist moved up four spots each from 2013’s ranking.

You Can Meet Henrik Lundqvist, Mike Richter and Eddie Giacomin on 1/26/15


Today I received an email from Steiner Sports, advertising a Q&A and meet and greet with the three greatest Rangers goaltenders of all-time. I screen shot the information for you all below. Click on it to enlarge and make it clearer. It sounds like a fun event. Will you be attending?

Full Henrik Lundqvist MSG Network Beginnings Episode