Back on the ice after recovering from a knee injury, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist can already feel his competitive juices beginning to flow as he prepares for the start of training camp on Sept. 15 and his 13th NHL season.
“I’ve been skating a few times now and I feel good,” Lundqvist said Thursday during the European Player Media Tour. “Obviously, I have some work ahead of me, but it’s a similar feeling. … When you step on the ice, that’s the time for me when I really ramp it up and increase the workload, and I enjoy that.”
After sustaining a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee while helping Sweden win the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Lundqvist, 35, said he is healthy and resumed skating at the time he normally does during the offseason. Now he’s going through his usual routine to get ready for the season.
“You need a few weeks to feel comfortable, but that’s just part of the process,” he said. “It’s been like that almost every year. You just take it step by step.”
Lundqvist said he was injured in the final 20 seconds of Sweden’s 4-1 win against Finland in the World Championship semifinals in Cologne, Germany, on May 20.
“I got stuck in the ice when I tried to go to my right and my knee was still on my left side, and it kind of overextended a little bit,” Lundqvist said.
After getting an acupuncture treatment and pain-numbing injection, Lundqvist said he was in some pain over the second half of the gold-medal game the following day. He still made 42 saves and stopped all four shootout attempts in Sweden’s 2-1 victory against Canada.
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