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Henrik Lundqvist becomes New York Rangers’ all-time shutout leader

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Henrik Lundqvist continues to certify himself as the King, staking claim to more Rangers' franchise records. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

King Henrik Lundqvist continues stake his claim to Rangers franchise records. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Mike McMahon

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 50th career shutout in a 2-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils, moving him ahead of Ed Giacomin on the franchise’s all-time shutout list.

The record-setting whitewash was also the third of the season for Lundqvist, who made 10 of his 21 saves against Devils in the third period.

Just four days ago, Lundqvist surpassed Mike Richter on New York’s all-time wins list with 302.
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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • Bauer’s OD1N “concept car” equipment to be showcased at Sochi Olympics

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    By Michael Blinn

    Hockey equipment is already at its apex. Everything is lighter, faster and as protective as possible.

    Or so we thought.

    On Thursday, Bauer announced a new line of player and goalie equipment, dubbed the OD1N. It’s safe to say that we’ve made it to the future–and it’s pretty sweet.

    First, some background:

    In early December, an image made its way around the hockey internet of some pretty crazy-looking skates in action. Other than a blurry Bauer logo, it was anyone’s guess as to what they could be. More and more teaser photos came out, and Bauer dropped some tidbits:

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  • Published On Dec 20, 2013
  • Henrik Lundqvist agrees to 7-year, $59.5 million deal with Rangers

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    Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the New York Rangers.

    Henrik Lundqvist, who has struggled this season, was the subject of speculation about his future in New York. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    The goalie controversy in New York is officially over.

    TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers have come to terms on a massive extension that will pay the netminder an average of $8.5 million over the next seven years.

    Lundqvist is in the final season of his current six-year, $41.25 million contract, and was due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He’s having a sub-par year by his standards (8-11-0, 2.51 goals-against average, .917 save percentage) and is reportedly struggling to adjust to the smaller equipment that the NHL mandated this season for all goaltenders.

    Still, there’s no denying that he’s one of the league’s top goalies — he won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12, and was the runner-up to Sergei Bobrovsky in last year’s Vezina polling — and it would have been astonishing if the two sides didn’t come to an agreement.

    But was this the right deal?

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  • Published On Dec 04, 2013
  • Must-See Video: Henrik Lundqvist shows supermodel how to work it

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    By Allan Muir

    He’s hockey’s best goaltender. He’s recognized as one of the best-dressed men in the world. He’s in a rock band. He owns a restaurant, runs a charity and has won acclaim for writing several of the greatest episodes of “Breaking Bad.”

    OK, maybe not that last thing, but it’s not like Henrik Lundqvist needs that feather in his stylish cap, too. Because honestly, there’s pretty much nothing that Hank can’t do.

    Case in point: in this Swedish commercial for Head & Shoulders, he shows struggling model* Sofi Fahrman just how to sell great hair to the camera. It is magnificent (and a lot less creepy than their last spot.)

    How the NHL has missed turning this guy into its biggest marketing asset is beyond me. Maybe less time working on curbing jersey tucks and more time invested in this, eh fellas?

    (* Alright, so Fahrman is actually a reporter, not a model. And yes, that’s apparently what reporters look like in Sweden.)


  • Published On Sep 23, 2013
  • First look: Henrik Lundqvist’s awesome new goalie mask

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    By Allan Muir

    One new mask isn’t enough for Henrik Lundqvist.

    Not long after he debuted headgear painted to honor Swedish sports legends Bjorn Borg, Ingemar Stenmark and Ingemar Johansson, the New York Rangers’ goalie offered up a sneak peek at a second bucket he’ll wear this season.

    The new mask, nicknamed Rangers’ Razors, was revealed this morning via Lundqvist’s Instagram account. The new look, executed by David Gunnarsson, features a dominant starburst-type pattern, along with Lady Liberty, a few team logos, and Lundqvist’s No. 30 spotlighted against a crown on the chin piece.

    Pretty sharp, eh?


  • Published On Sep 09, 2013
  • Henrik Lundqvist coy about his future with New York Rangers

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    By Allan Muir

    When Henrik Lundqvist displayed a decided lack of enthusiasm after the subject of a contract extension was broached last May, Rangers fans could write it off as the result of the post-playoff blues.

    It’s a little tougher to explain away his latest take on the topic.

    Asked by Marie Lehmann of Sweden’s SVT Sport channel about the state of his contract talks, the heart and soul of the Broadway Blueshirts chose to play coy about his future with the franchise.

    “There are more ways than one to go here,” he said. “We’ll see.”

    Oh, boy.

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  • Published On Aug 14, 2013
  • Did Henrik Lundqvist interview lead Rangers to fire coach John Tortorella?

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    John Tortorella

    After five colorful years, John Tortorella’s blunt, abrasive style seemed to lose the current Rangers. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It wasn’t just another disappointing loss in the playoffs, the inability to adapt to a new-look lineup, his gong-show press conferences or even his benching of $60 million free agent Brad Richards that led the New York Rangers to fire coach John Tortorella today.

    It was the kiss of death from the one player he couldn’t win without.

    After much speculation, the Rangers finally dismissed the abrasive 54 year old just days after the team was eliminated from the Eastern Conference Semifinals in five games by the Boston Bruins.

    It was only a year ago that Tortorella led New York to 51 wins and a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals with a group that played like it was willing to take a bullet for him.

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  • Published On May 29, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Rangers start quest for history in Game 3 vs. Bruins

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    Rick Nash of the New York Rangers

    Sleeping giant: If Rick Nash is stirring from his scoring slump, he could be a series-changer. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    By now, fans of the New York Rangers are familiar with the daunting challenge that is facing their beloved Blueshirts.

    Plenty of teams have come back to win a series after being down two games to none, as the Rangers themselves did in their first-round meeting with the Washington Capitals. But not one has managed that trick twice in a row. And after dropping the first two contests in Boston, that’s the hurdle that awaits New York heading into tonight’s Game 3 against the Bruins.

    Fortunately, these Bruins might be primed for another date with history.

    After all, this is a team that has gained a reputation not just for lacking killer instinct, but for actively helping opponents up off the mat, brushing them off, and then rolling over for a game or two.

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  • Published On May 21, 2013
  • Lundqvist, Bobrovsky and Niemi named 2013 Vezina Trophy finalists

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    Henrik Lundqvist, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Antti Niemi are 2013 Vezina Trophy nominees

    Sergei Bobrovsky (center) could be a rare winner from a non-playoff team. (Getty/Icon SMI/Getty)

    By Allan Muir

    The NHL announced on Wednesday morning that Henrik Lundqvist, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Antti Niemi are the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” as voted on by the league’s 30 general managers.

    It stacks up as an historic group. For the first time, all three finalists are from Europe. But the history isn’t likely to end there.

    Six months ago, there wasn’t a pundit, fan or insider who would have predicted Bobrovsky as a finalist, let alone the presumptive favorite. Cast out by the Flyers, he was brought in to Columbus to compete for the starting job with incumbent Steve Mason. But after a slow start — he won just three of his first 12 games — Bobrovsky found his rhythm, carrying the Blue Jackets on an unlikely quest for the playoffs that fell just short on the season’s final night.

    MUIR: How “Bob” rediscovered his mojo

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  • Published On May 08, 2013
  • Will hockey’s heart survive the lockout?

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    Operation Hat Trick

    The spirited sell-out crowd at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall was treated to a worthy substitute for the recently cancelled NHL All-Star Game, with the proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy relief funds. (Tom Briglia/Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    Once upon a time, some hockey executive — it might have been Phil Esposito — plastered a motivational phrase on the wall in his team’s dressing room that read, “Turn Every Negative Into A Positive.” Well, things can’t be much more negative for the NHL than this ongoing, ridiculous lockout and nothing’s been more negative during the last few months than the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Yet a group of locked-out players turned both things into a positive on Saturday night in Atlantic City.

    To once again see Steven Stamkos slithering through defenses, Daniel Alfredsson making tape-to-tape passes through traffic, Martin Brodeur lofting the puck halfway down the ice, P.K. Subban dropping his shoulder and carrying the puck one-handed deep into the opponent’s zone, Simon Gagne breaking free from coverage, linemates Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry reading and reacting to each other’s moves, James Neal threatening to score every time he had the puck, and Kimmo Timonen making a perfect outlet pass felt like a reunion with an old friend.

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  • Published On Nov 26, 2012


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