By Jim Cerny, newyorkrangers.com
Fresh off having a Gray Line bus named in his honor and taking part in the “Ride of Fame” in Manhattan on Tuesday, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was back at work early Wednesday morning as he took part in another informal on-ice group workout with 10 of his teammates.
“It was really a lot of fun,” Lundqvist said of Tuesday’s festivities. “It was a good day.”
While he was willing to look back a day, Lundqvist was not as inclined to look back and analyze what transpired in 2009-10 when the Rangers fell one point shy of an Eastern Conference playoff berth on the regular season’s final day. Instead, his focus is clearly on the task at hand for the upcoming 2010-11 campaign.
“I don’t look back too much,” said Lundqvist. “It’s more important to look ahead and be on the right side of things. But I do know that we have to be more consistent than we were last season. We played some really good hockey last year, but we were not nearly consistent enough.”
Lundqvist, who spent much of his off-season in New York while also traveling to his native Sweden and vacation spots in Miami and Jamaica, reported that he was happy to hear of the club’s signing of veteran goalie Martin Biron back on July 1. After starting 72 of the Blueshirts’ 82 games a year ago, he is looking forward to seeing Biron take some of the regular-season load off of his shoulders.
“It was a really good move,” said Lundqvist, who won 35 games last season while posting a 2.38 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. “I don’t think for a regular season that 72 games is too much, but if you want to play into June, it is too much. And that should always be our goal, to go deep into the playoffs and play into June.”