STOCKHOLM (AP) - If the Los Angeles Kings think Henrik Lundqvist will be off his game at home in Sweden when the New York Rangers begin the NHL season, they could be sorely mistaken.
Just ask Rangers coach John Tortorella, who watched his star goalie practice Thursday, one day before the regular-season opener against the Kings.
"He didn't give in on one shot," Tortorella said. "He has certainly ramped it up here to prepare himself."
Lundqvist has been the center of attention leading up to Friday's game in the Swedish capital, part of the NHL's annual European tour. New York will face Anaheim on Saturday in Stockholm.
"Of course, I know there's going to be some tension coming back to Sweden to play," said Lundqvist, a 2006 Olympic hockey gold medalist. "When the game starts you don't really think about where you are."