By Dave Caldwell
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the oldest Ranger, joined his teammates in a team-building exercise this weekend, which included visiting the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and participating in a Police Department tactical-training session.
Lundqvist, 34, was happy to be back in New York, partly because he had been away for the longest stretch of his 11-year N.H.L. career. Before playing in the World Cup of Hockey last month in Toronto, Lundqvist spent nearly four months in his native Sweden, reflecting on a rough April.
The regular season had gone well for Lundqvist, who led the league in saves for the first time, with 1,788. He won 35 games, and the Rangers finished third in their division. But then the Rangers were blindsided in the first round of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the eventual Stanley Cup champions.
The Rangers lost the series in five games, and Lundqvist played in only two full games, allowing 15 goals on 113 shots. He was poked near his eye in Game 1 by the stick of a teammate, defenseman Marc Staal, but later said that the injury was not to blame for his poor play.
Having helped the Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014 and the Eastern Conference finals in 2015, Lundqvist was jarred by the team’s elimination last season 11 days into the playoffs. The Penguins exposed the Rangers as slow and aging.
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