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Henrik Lundqvist
NUMBER: 30 BIRTHDATE: March 2, 1982  (AGE 33)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Are, Sweden
WEIGHT: 188 DRAFTED: NYR / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 7th   (205th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> In just three full seasons, Henrik Lundqvist has gone from being an anonymous, late-round pick merely hoping to get into a few games as an NHL rookie to the face of the New York Rangers franchise, a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist and a gold-medal-winning national hero. <br /> <br /> Having patiently waited in his native Sweden until he considered his body and game ready for the rigors of the NHL, Lundqvist burst upon the North American scene as few ever have -- by becoming just the fourth goaltender in League history and the first in 25 years to win 20 games or more in each of his first four seasons. <br /> <br /> Lundqvist produced a dream rookie season during which he became the first freshman Vezina finalist since 1995 (Jim Carey) and backstopped Sweden to the gold medal at the 2006 Turin Games. He followed that up by going 16-4-6 with a 1.73 goals against average over his final 28 games of the 2006-07 season to lift the Rangers back into the playoffs, where they won a round for the first time since 1997. <br /> <br /> Lundqvist made it three straight Vezina finalist nods last season when he became only the second NHL goaltender in history (Ron Hextall) to record three straight 30-win seasons to begin his career. He also posted 10 shutouts, the most by a Rangers goalie since 1928-29 (J.R. Roach) and surpassed Mike Richter as the fastest in franchise history to win 100 games (in 187 appearances). <br /> <br /> As technically sound as he is athletic, Lundqvist thrives on a lot of work and practice. His fashion sense has made him the subject of magazine photo shoots and the envy of teammates. He's a big rock fan who played guitar in a band named Box Play (penalty killing) in his native Frolunda. His twin brother Joel plays forward for the Dallas Stars. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On controlling his emotions: &quot;You can't have a roller-coaster inside of yourself. Every loss can't drag you too low and every win can't get you too high, either, or too excited.&quot; <br /> <br /> On signing a long-term contract with the Rangers: &quot;It feels good. I said since Day One that I really like New York, I like to play for the Rangers and am so excited to be done with this deal.&quot; <br /> <br /> On preparing for a game against the rival Devils and Martin Brodeur: &quot;I was thinking, 'Get pumped up for this game.' And it's not hard to get that feeling going out there to play against the Devils and play against Marty,&quot; <br /> <br /> On stopping Finland's Olli Jokinen in the final seconds of Sweden's Olympic gold medal victory: &quot;It was one of the most important saves of my career.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Swedish forward Fredrik Modin on Lundqvist's Olympic save on Olli Jokinen: &quot;It was the gold. Right there.&quot; <br /> <br /> Rangers coach Tom Renney on Lundqvist's development: &quot;All I'm seeing is the metamorphosis of a top-notch goaltender in this league. He's still evolving.&quot; <br /> <br /> Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock: &quot;I've seen him play so much you think you know him, but one thing is, he never gives up on the puck. To score, you have to get several chances on him.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href=",0,5515385.column">Lundqvist is Rangers' Saving Grace</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=21596">Is this the Year Promo</a><br /> <br />
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Well, for me this one's concerning, the way we performed. Because three games in, playing a desperate team on the road, I was expecting something else than this. Right now, I'm just disappointed. The other games, I thought we did some things that you can build off your game. There wasn't a lot accomplished in tonight's game.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards after a 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Monday dropped Columbus to 0-3-0
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