Henrik Lundqvist Remains King for Team Sweden in Defeat of Germany

Tonight's Healthy ScratchesCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 17:  Goalie Henrik Lundqvist looks around the post during the ice hockey men's preliminary game against Germany on day 6 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 17, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Two goals might not seem like a lot, but considering what Henrik Lundqvist is used to, that's a blowout.

The Olympic break could not have come at a better time for the often-tested New York Rangers netminder.

In his first Olympic action since capturing the gold medal in Torino at the 2006 Games, Lundqvist might have thought he was still on Broadway.

Even across the continent in Vancouver, Lundqvist had to be just about perfect to squeak out a victory for his team.

Lundqvist was tested early by the Germans, as they recorded the first five shots of the game. Most of them stemmed from an early 5-on-3 power play when defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Johnny Oduya were in the box for more than a minute.

King Henrik was there to answer the challenge on each occasion, however.

"In the first period, they had some chances; but after that, I think we played really solid," said Lundqvist. "It felt like I faced 40 shots. It was so warm in there; I was sweating a lot."

Lundqvist didn't quite face 40 shots, but he was still perfect on the 15 that he did turn aside at the Canada Hockey Place Wednesday night.

Hank's 15 saves led him to the first Olympic shutout of his career. Not only was it his first, but it was also the first shutout Sweden has had since 1994, when Tommy Salo was perfect against Germany—go figure.

The year 1994 also marked the first time the Swedes won Olympic gold—and the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.

Could this be foreshadowing of things to come?

For Sweden, maybe. For the Rangers...let's just say the Germans have a better chance of winning the gold medal.

With that shutout, Lundqvist improved his Olympic record to 6-1, with a 2.00 GAA.

The King and Team Sweden's next stop on their medal defense tour will be Friday against Belarus (0-1) at 3 p.m. EST.


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