Henrik Lundqvist says it would mean a lot to him if he could capture his first Vezina Trophy.
It would mean a whole lot more if he could win his first Stanley Cup.
“It comes down to winning,” Lundqvist said Tuesday on ESPN NewYork 1050’s “The Michael Kay Show.” “That’s what it’s all about, and I always say it. I’ve won twice in Sweden, I’ve won the Olympics but I’ve never won over here.
“We haven’t been past the second round. It’s not something I’m happy about. It’s definitely a goal I have and a goal we have as a group to go for it this year. ... I need to have success in the playoffs.”
Lundqvist has performed in the regular season throughout his seven-year career, but struggled come playoff time. In 35 career postseason starts, he’s 15-20 with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
Lundqvist firmly believes the Rangers are “good enough” to end their 18-year Cup drought in 2011-12. At the same time, he realizes that 12 or 13 other teams feel the same way.
“I don’t think I gotta have [the Cup], I just think I want it,” Lundqvist said.
Every day before heading into the practice rink, Lundvqist walks by a photo of the 1994 championship team, which he says motivates him.
“I know the feeling [of winning a championship],” Lundqivst said. “But if you do it over here, you take it to the next level.”
Lundqvist praised Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, calling Lin’s rise from nothing to world wide sensation “an amazing story.”
He also talked about being nicknamed “The King.”
“It’s pretty funny. It could be worse. I try not to use it too much. Even my teammates have fun with it,” Lundqvist joked.
“You can’t to take yourself or that name too serious, but it’s cool. It could be worse.”