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Lundqvist has a letter

Friday, 09.30.2011 / 12:44 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Rangers World Tour

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Lundqvist has a letter
GOTHENBURG -- With captain Ryan Callahan and alternates Brad Richards and Marc Staal all not playing Friday night, Henrik Lundqvist led the Rangers out onto the ice with the letter 'A' sewn onto his game sweater.

Lundqvist, of course, does not normally wear a letter for the Rangers, but this is his night in Gothenburg, in his old building against his former team, and the Rangers deserve credit for recognizing that by giving him the honor of a letter.

I wonder if Lundqvist even knew he was getting it, or it was just on his jersey when he got the arena. I'll have to ask him after the game.

The game is sold out, but when Lundqvist led the Rangers onto the ice for pregame warmups only half the stands were filled. Still, he got a loud applause.

Lundqvist only needs to look up at the championship banners here to remember one of the best times of his career. He led Frolunda to the 2005 Swedish Elite League championship. The banner will hang over his head in the second period.

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