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Friday, August 18, 2017

Henrik Lundqvist Hockey Sverige Interview


Admittedly, it became a World Cup Gold with Brother Joel - but the Stanley Cup dream stopped again at a dream. In an interview with, Henrik Lundqvist tells us about the trip to a Stanley Cup title and the difficult moments.
"It will be a bit of anxiety," said the goalkeeper icon.

Again Sweden's world goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist has made a fantastic season. A season he won with a World Cup gold. The 35-year-old can now titulate double Swedish champion, Olympic champion and now also world champion.

It has been a very long season for Henrik Lundqvist who started playing in the World Cup where Sweden joined the semi-final. In spite of that and excluded from the Stanley Cup final play and despite his extreme disappointment, which lies in an incredible win skull  when Rangers did not go all the way he chose to thank the World Cup.

- I took the decision after two, three days. Then I began to set myself on what lay before me. I took a small break from all the analysis of the past season and Rangers to then jump it back when I got home from the World Cup, Henrik Lundqvist says to and continues:
- As soon as I made the decision, I felt that the pulse went up and that I had to raise my head and get my max level right away. I also took training in New York before I left, but before I landed in that decision, I started mentally looking back at the playoffs and it was for a few days I was in a deep valley. Then I had to lift myself up again.

Do you get into any kind of bubble or how do you get out of a Stanley Cup playoff?
"It feels very empty and it becomes a weird feeling. It's so extremely intense, the most intense throughout the season, and then it's just over. When you wake up the next day, it's almost so you get stuck in the car to go to the rink, but it goes without saying that it's over.
"It's a disappointment when it does not go as you please, but you go from an intense situation to shrugging your shoulders, obviously, because you've been on for quite some time. Many thoughts will be.

Has this changed over the years with you?
"No, I think it feels like now that I went out of play with Frölunda. Until it's over, you think you'll do it. That is also why we play. You do not go out, play matches and play, and have the setting that you can not win.
"The goal is obviously to win. Then it is clear that you go out in different ways each year. There are different things that happen and different conditions. Some years you are more disappointed than others.
- Always when you have the opportunity to play, whether it's a World Cup or a playoff, you want to do the best you can, so afterwards, if you do not go all the way, you accept a better team as long as you do what you do Can be mentally and physically in your preparation.

You are Daddy today, unlike at the beginning of your career, has it given you another perspective on hockey?
- (Lundqvist thinks after a while before the answer comes) Both yes and no. I think there are times when it's easier to get away from hockey when you need a break because you have other things in life that mean a lot. I've got a perspective on things, definitely.
"When I come to match, I still have the same feeling and it's alike. It still hurts to lose and it is extremely nice to win. Those contrasts and that feeling have not changed or how I prepare for a match.
"Well, when I'm available one day, I need a break and get away from it all. Maybe it's easier now to let go because you do not have time to go and love things, which I think is good.

Henrik Lundqvist has not won the Stanley Cup yet, despite twelve seasons in the NHL, but this is nothing that stresses the former Frölunda goalkeeper.
"I'm taking it year by year and it's no stress. Winning the Stanley Cup is a big goal, of course, and what drives me most of all. I want to get better and I want to win. The thought of it makes me want to invest more and more all the time.
- Then do not forget to leave your trip there either. I mean to go into every new season and think of winning the Stanley Cup, that's the focus all the time, you lose some of the pleasure on the way, these little things along the way that one has to appreciate and to be fun. It's something I think I've been doing well over the years, learning to appreciate all things about playing away and not just the playoffs or the games that means incredible much. There are also things in the "lukewarm" that I enjoy and appreciate today.

When you say enjoy, Börje Salming played 17 seasons in NHL, how long can you enjoy the world's best and toughest league?
- Good question ... It depends entirely on how the body and mind feel. Clearly, when it's fine, there's not much that strikes it. On the other hand, there are times when one is eating and eating on one. Those moments are not fun. It's getting a bit of anxiety disorder, I think so many athletes feel, but maybe I'm a little bit more extreme in some cases with how much I feel in both and with.
- It hurts when it does not work as I want and does not play at the level I want. At the same time, I am one who enjoys a lot when things go well.

Now, the construction of next season's New York Rangers has started, but what was the last season for you to go all the way?
"I think the body feels very good. Now we have made some changes. Some guys who have been with us for a long time and have meant a lot for the team have left. Instead, new guys will be taking big roles.
"It's always exciting to step into a new season and it will always change regardless of whether it's going well or bad. Now the change is larger than previous seasons.
"Then it's amazingly even among the teams. Looking at the team that has been successful in the past seven, eight, nine years, it's the team that has had a team of players where the team's best players are the league's best players, so it's only. We will need this season and especially in a playoff.

When you say the best player of the league, is Sidney Crosby the hardest player to face goalkeeper?
- It's about how the team is playing. Pittsburgh is a very good team that plays with very much speed while at the same time having very much skill on their two top teams. But even their third and fourth fifths play a lot of speed and exist. That's why they have had good results in recent seasons.
"Many teams have begun to play a bit like Pittsburgh with quick and easy play, that it's more important than it's perfect. It will go fast all the time with a lot of ice skating.
- Sidney is one of the best players, no snack on that matter. (Connor) McDavid I do not meet so often but he along with Sidney may be the two best in the league.

Now you get Ondrej Pavelec as goalkeeper next season instead of Antti Raanta, how do you look at that change?
"I have played quite a lot over the years and he is a seasoned NHL goalkeeper. He has won many matches and played the role of both first and second goalkeeper. I am looking forward to get to know him. Every time I play with a new guy there are things I can learn, see how he is practicing or preparing. The important thing is that we find each other fairly early and find a good feeling because you spend a lot of time with the other goalkeeper and the goalkeeper.
"Then I got along extremely well with Antti Raanta and had two fun seasons with him. It's sad to see him go, but on the other hand, I hope he knocks the first spade there (Arizona). He is worth it as he plays and puts down his soul in hockey.

How are you going to work this summer to get even better prepared for as long a season as you have had?
"I do not change anything right and the last twelve years have looked the same. I'm on ice at the end of July or in early August. It is getting more and more intense in August and September when it begins to approach camp.
"Right now, I mix training with vacation, but when you enter August, I start feeling that it is approaching. Then there will be more and more focus on ice training and details so you are prepared when the camp begins.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Henrik Lundqvist Swedish Interview


A nine month long season. A season ending with an abrupt end for Henrik Lundqvist and his New York Rangers when the Ottawa senators with Erik Karlsson were tough for the Stanley Cup final play. However, the season continued for Henrik Lundqvist with a World Cup final that ended with a gold medal around the neck.
Despite that, he is not tired of ice hockey but does not sneak on the skates to instruct future goalkeepers at Öckerö. He himself had Dominik Hasek and Patrick Roy as idols - but in the Öckerö Ice Hall, it is clear that he himself is the great idol for the youth, although Lundqvist himself is humble when asked about the idolatry.
- Ah. There are so many to watch, but I urge the young to watch a lot about others. I'm still learning to look at others and get inspiration from it. When I grew up I saw NHL once a week, it was on Saturdays and then you were completely glued in front of the TV.

After the lead-tongue loss against Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup final play, the question immediately came from the federation Rikard Grönborg: "Are you looking forward to playing the World Cup?".
It took a few days, then "Henke" thanked yes and the rest is history.
"I think everyone has experienced a similar feeling. That you have performed at high level under the greatest pressure and all the adrenaline and joy that rinses over one. Everybody jumps out on the ice and screaming and this was something I dreamed about doing since I was a little guy.

"A feeling I will never forget"

How much of your "yes" to the World Cup had the brother's involvement to do?
- Clearly that was a big part, but there were many factors that recorded. It's about how the body feels and how to feel. It will be a bit "Can I recharge? Can I play at the level I want?". Since I had not played with the brother in twelve years, I heard that. Now we got to play again and also win together. It's a feeling I'll never forget.

Slowly but surely begun after the next season, show up at Lundqvist who can enjoy some well deserved holiday in Sweden first. During his twelve years gone in the United States he has performed at peak in season by season.
"It's all about having to work and that the head must be involved. You can not just snap your fingers and hope that it will be fine. The day I feel satisfied that I'm not developing it's when I hang up my shirt.

How is it going to be under pressure, time after time?
"There are high expectations from outside and when you do not perform, you get the question:" Why did you release that puck? ". But as a goalkeeper, you only have to like the situation and to be different from loss and profit. Everyone has days when they sometimes wish they did something else, I'm with.

"Hockey is the enemy at home"

Do you know?
"Clearly, I feel some security in my position, but things can change quickly. I do not take anything for granted but am safe as said. Then it's tough competition which it should be. I'm spurred by going out driving show that the place is mine.

The move to New York went to 2005 for a then 23-year-old Henrik Lundqvist. Much has happened in ten years - among other things, he has become father, twice, to Charlise and Juli, five and two.
"I do not know if they want to do hockey or what they want to do. Right now, Hockey is the enemy at home. They think it takes a bit too much time and I'm gone too much.

Have they understood that dad is the "King of New York"?
- Haha, no they have not taken it. The eldest begins to understand why people come and see, usually around the games. But there may be some questions about why people take pictures but they will understand more and more. Then I do not know if they think it's fun to eat candy in the green room or if it's to look at the match itself. But they like it and it's fun.

Henrik Lundqvist Practiced with the Frolunda Indians and Lias Andersson


It's a long day in the ice hockey for the New York Rangers goalkeeper. First a hard pass together with brother Joel Frölunda, then another sweaty moment with NHL lyricists like John Klingberg (Dallas), Anton Blidh (Boston) and Viktor Svedberg (Chicago).

"At this time of the year, I always think more and more in New York. It's nice when the season starts and I'm going to the camp ...

Are you completely healthy at the knee, what was a problem during World Cup in Germany?
- Yes it's me. Then I always feel that the body must adapt during the first few weeks of ice. The best part is just to go out and drive as much as you can. It will feel good for a while ... just physically, so. It's more technical as it feels dangerous!

No age brackets?

- No, not yet! Haha.

Lias Andersson, Henrik's future team mate in Rangers, makes a goal in a free range during training.

"Yes, was he?" I never see him. I do not know if that meant or if he missed the shot. It felt like he missed, Lundqvist laughs after the handsome Peter Forsberg fine from the young Kungälv singing who changed the HV71 to Frölunda - and in mid-summer was drafted as number seven.

How does Lias look to you?

"It will be fun to see him at the camp, I think. The door is open, but I have seen him far too little to know. I've heard a lot about him. It will be fun to get to know him. Again, I can say. I learned to know him when he was little when he was five years old and ran into the dressing room with daddy ...

After the training, autograph writing becomes a lot of children gathered in Frölundaborg.

"My daughter, five, always gets scared when I come with the equipment, because I look so big. I sit down, Henrik says to a little guy waiting together with his parents.

"He looks great, but there are gaps here and here and here," laughs Brother Joel Lundqvist, pointing above the shoulders and between the legs.

- Did you aim for the penalty or, Henke murmures back.

- Hmpf. I did not meet the puck, Joel replies.

It's called sibling love, huh?

Henrik Lundqvist is Healthy and Ready for Training Camp


STOCKHOLM -- Back on the ice after recovering from a knee injury, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist can already feel his competitive juices beginning to flow as he prepares for the start of training camp on Sept. 15 and his 13th NHL season.

"I've been skating a few times now and I feel good," Lundqvist said Thursday during the European Player Media Tour. "Obviously, I have some work ahead of me, but it's a similar feeling. … When you step on the ice, that's the time for me when I really ramp it up and increase the workload, and I enjoy that."

After sustaining a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee while helping Sweden win the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Lundqvist, 35, said he is healthy and resumed skating at the time he normally does during the offseason. Now he's going through his usual routine to get ready for the season.

"You need a few weeks to feel comfortable, but that's just part of the process," he said. "It's been like that almost every year. You just take it step by step."

Lundqvist said he was injured in the final 20 seconds of Sweden's 4-1 win against Finland in the World Championship semifinals in Cologne, Germany, on May 20.

"I got stuck in the ice when I tried to go to my right and my knee was still on my left side, and it kind of overextended a little bit," Lundqvist said.

After getting an acupuncture treatment and pain-numbing injection, Lundqvist said he was in some pain over the second half of the gold-medal game the following day. Still, he made 42 saves and stopped all four shootout attempts in Sweden's 2-1 victory against Canada.

Having sustained a similar injury to his knee earlier in his career, Lundqvist was confident it wasn't something more serious, which was confirmed after he returned to New York and was checked out by the Rangers medical staff.

"I was going back to New York anyways, so we did a checkup and put a plan together," he said. "I feel good. The first few weeks after, you don't do much. You just rest it and then you start some rehab."

Despite the injury, Lundqvist said he "absolutely loved" winning the gold medal with his twin brother, Joel, who was Sweden's captain, and believes the experience gave him a positive to build on after a disappointing season with the Rangers that ended with a six-game loss to the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

"It was really nice," he said. "Even though we lost in New York and it was disappointing, to go and finish the season the way I did with Sweden I think it's going to help me going into this year."

Lundqvist will look to rebound from a subpar 2016-17 season when he went 31-20-4 with an NHL career-high 2.74 goals-against average, a career-low .910 save percentage and two shutouts. Lundqvist said consistency was his biggest problem.

"The highs were as high as any other year. The lows were a little too low," he said. "But I also had a lot of stretches where I felt like I was right there, I was playing the way I can play and should play and need to play. But, obviously, when you're a starting goalie, you can't have too many bumps because then that will affect the overall feeling, the overall rating, I think."

The Rangers will have a different look after trading center Derek Stepan and backup goalie Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes and buying out the remaining three seasons on defenseman Dan Girardi's contract this offseason. Girardi had been with the Rangers since 2006-07, Lundqvist's second NHL season.

"It's going to be strange," Lundqvist said. "I've seen that guy for 11 years and he is a guy you always know what you're getting and he was so committed to playing a certain style in front of me, of course I'm going to miss him on the ice and especially off the ice. But it's part of the game and also I'm excited to get to know the new guys and see what they can bring and hopefully help us take it to the next level here."

Among the new players are defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and backup goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who each signed with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent. Shattenkirk, a native of New Rochelle, New York, is expected to slot into the top defense pair alongside Ryan McDonagh and run the first power-play unit from the point.

"I haven't played a lot against him but from the few games I have played against him, he's definitely a guy who can move the puck and he's a smart player and I've heard a lot of good things about him," Lundqvist said. "He's a New York guy too. He's very excited to get this opportunity."

Henrik Lundqvist Will Miss Dan Girardi


An offseason of core-splitting featuring the buyout of Dan Girardi and the trade of Derek Stepan has struck home for the Rangers’ senior and most important player.

“You expect changes every year because that’s just part of the business we’re in, but this summer has been a little different because of the magnitude of the moves,” Henrik Lundqvist told The Post in an email from his home in Sweden. “Losing guys that you have played with for so long will obviously affect you on a personal level.

“These are players you get to know really well over the years. You care for them and their families. We’re all going to miss them.”

Girardi, eligible to become a free agent on Saturday, had joined Lundqvist on Broadway during the 2006-07 All-Star break. Stepan, sent to the Coyotes last week for the seventh-overall selection in the draft and Anthony DeAngelo, had been part of the squad since the start of 2010-11.

“That being said, we understand that it is part of the business,” said the King, who is entering his 13th season as a Ranger. “At the same time, it is exciting to be part of an organization that does everything it can to put the best team possible out on the ice.

“It puts us all on our toes and helps us all push forward to continue to improve as individuals and as a team.”

Lundqvist said the left knee injury he sustained in helping to lead Team Sweden to a gold medal in last month’s World Championship tournament is healing on schedule and will not have any impact on his preparation for the upcoming season.

“It hasn’t changed my offseason plan,” said the 35-year-old goaltender, who will have a new backup in the wake of Antti Raanta’s departure to the desert as part of the Stepan deal. “I always take three weeks off after the season, start with light workouts and begin skating in late July.

“That will stay the same this year. I will be ready for camp and for the season.”

Henrik Lundqvist & Antti Raanta Video Interview


Friday, August 4, 2017

New Henrik Lundqvist Monkey Sports Q&A Video Interviews


Q&A with @hank30nyr - #BeyondTheMask "Growing up, how did your brother Joel motivate and push you on and off the ice?"

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Q&A with @hank30nyr - #BeyondTheMask "How was your family involved in you playing hockey?"

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Q&A with @hank30nyr 🥅"How do you work through and overcome challenges?" #BeyondTheMask

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