Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
More on thoughts from Henrik Lundqvist
Cool, calm and collected Cam Talbot stayed clear of the media at Verizon Center after the AM skate today, when he was the first goalie off the ice, signalling another start. Henrik Lundqvist remained on the ice to practice, but did meet the press afterward.
And the man who will be the highest-paid 'keeper in the game starting next season, was pretty revealing when discussing his situation, saying he "didn't expect" to start.
“The bottom line is I just need to stop the puck more,” Lundqvist said. “That’s my goal. I can promise you I work as hard as I can, and I’ve been doing that. I just hope it’s going to turn around here. My next start, whenever it is, is another opportunity to get a good, solid game." Asked if he might improve with playing more, he said : "Of course when you win you gain confidence, and unfortunately, when I’ve been in net, we just haven’t been winning enough. It’s tough. You want to be out there and playing. You want to play well, and you want to win, but in the end, it’s about the team and it’s about winning."
It's not a situation where Talbot is usurping the throne, not yet, but Lundqvist if is healthy as Vigneault insists he is, the Swede's going to have to get a start soon, and avoid the new pressure that will come with it.
One wonders how Talbot, who had some puck luck on posts and bounces against the Leafs, will deal with the pressure tonight, in a game where many observers thought he would be the backup...and good fortune can turn.
Remember: Lundqvist has seen the Caps an awful lot, including the playoffs, when he has been very successful.
Vigneault reminded the media that Lundqvist hasn't practiced for three days.
One might deduce that perhaps the mental aspect of goaltending, which Lundqvist said is 90 percent of playing the position, isn't quite back yet either.