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Henrik: Need to improve my play in Montreal

 
                    GREENBURGH, N.Y.---In his last start at Bell Centre, Henrik Lundqvist allowed three first-period goals and, in a rare instance of losing his cool, jumped Max Pacioretty and whaled away,  maskless, after the Canadiens forward rammed into him in the second period.  
                     Lundqvist, who has been bedeviled in Montreal since 2008, settled down after the fight last Jan. 15 to finish with 38 saves in a 3-2 loss. Overall, it was his best recent performance in the hockey cauldron, and he’s expected to return to the net Saturday before a raucous crowd of more than 21,000 and with the Hockey Night in Canada national TV camerasrolling.
                    “I don’t really have a good explanation why we haven’t been winning in Montreal that much,” Lundqvist said today before the team flew to Canada. “Sometimes as a player you can get drawn into that atmosphere, loud and crazy, and you kind of lose some focus. There have been some wild games. If I look at my own performance, I haven’t played a lot of great games. I want to improve my record up there and as a team, we want to improve our record.”
                   Since 2008, the results have favored the home team. On Feb. 19, the Canadiens set a franchise record by rallying from a 5-0 deficit to win 6-5 in overtime. On Dec. 4, 2008, the Canadiens whipped Lundqvist and the Rangers 6-2. On Oct. 24, 2009, the Blueshirts lost 5-4 in OT after coughing up two 2-goal leads. And on Jan. 23, 2010, Lundqvist was pulled after allowing four goals on 15 shots in a 6-0 shutout.
                “Usually the game changes a couple times,” said Lundqvist, who is 7-3-3 overall but has won his last five starts and allowed just nine goals in those games. “Special teams always play a big part. If we take a lot of penalties, it could be a long night. Sometimes it’s out of your control and all you can do is battle.’’
                 Montreal (8-8-3, 19 points) is 3-1-1 in the last five, but the Rangers arrive with some confidence and resiliency, having captured seven straight games. “I think it helps you going into a tie game in the third, when you know you’ve been winning,” said Lundqvist. “It’s a huge difference mentally.”  
 
 
 

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