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Fog, Gothenburg's vibe and some people watching

Saturday, 10.01.2011 / 11:27 AM

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

GOTHENBURG, Swe. -- With a full day off built into the schedule, Henrik Lundqvist had planned to take all of his teammates on a boat cruise around Gothenburg this afternoon, but fog ruined his plans.

The guys were supposed to leave around 11 a.m. local time, but Lundqvist had to break the bad news to them that it was a no-go. A team dinner is still planned for tonight at Lundqvist's favorite restaurant in town.

Most of the Rangers spent the morning and afternoon walking around Gothenburg. I did the same thing with Rangers website writer Jim Cerny.

Today is a beautiful day and Jim and I took a walk up to the main street in the city, which is filled with restaurants, bars and shopping. Since it was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, there were thousands of people milling all around.

Every restaurant, even Subway and 7-Eleven, had outside seating. We found a place right on the street, and for 150 Kronas each, the equivalent of about $20, we ate a full buffet lunch and did some awesome people watching.

We had to get back to the hotel by 4 because Rangers coach John Tortorella was conducting a conference call to talk about the eight cuts and give some injury updates on Marc Staal and Michael Sauer.

With the work now complete (I know, tough day), it's time to hit the street again. My own personal rule is when I have time in foreign cities, I have to walk around to get a feel for the place.

Gothenburg has a great vibe. Now I finally know what Lundqvist has been talking about all this time.

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round