It's still an honor after all these years.
For the eighth time in his 11 seasons in New York, Henrik Lundqvist was voted by the media as the Rangers' Most Valuable Player. And despite extending his franchise-record for amount of time he's won the award, the netminder said he still appreciates the recognition.
"When I come to the rink, I try and make the most of it all the time," Lundqvist said after the team's morning skate. "Practice or games, I want to be the best I can be. You always appreciate when other people appreciate your work."
Lundqvist has posted a 35-20-7 record with a 2.46 goals against and a .921 save percentage with four shutouts in 64 games. He said this year has been a different one for him than years past, but one that he's learned a bit from thanks to the way in which the Rangers have been able to win games.
"I think it's been a year where I've had the most different types of games where you have so much action, but there's been games where we've had so much structure," Lundqvist said. "I think the most important thing is just finding ways to win hockey games. Even when you go into the playoffs, there's going to be different types of games.
"We've been winning in different ways this year," Lundqvist added, "and it's been different for all of us because the look of the game."
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, now nearing the end of the third regular season in which he's coached No. 30, said it starts and ends with consistency for the All-Star netminder.
"His consistency, his capability of making the right save at the right time to give your team either the opportunity to get back in the game or stay on top," Vigneault said. "He's been, in my estimation, one of the elite goaltenders for a long time, and against this year he proved it."
By Matt Calamia