Henrik Lundqvist was “indeed tapped today to represent the Rangers in the All-Star Game later this month in Montreal”:http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=402847&navid=DL|NHL|home.
In other breaking news, the Rangers are wearing skates today at practice.
It will be Lundqvist’s first All-Star appearance after being a Vezina Trophy finalist his first three seasons in the league. He was far and away the team’s MVP to start the season, but has struggled of late, allowing four goals or more in six of his last 11 games.
Update, 12:19 p.m.: Some other notes from practice:
<li>Although he said he was honored to be going to Montreal, Lundqvist was clearly still thinking about last night, sitting at his stall quietly for several minutes after practice.
“I didn’t feel that well this morning after a tough game last night, but a thing like this always cheers you up a bit,” Lundqvist said. “It’s going to be fun to play that game with all those great players.”
For the record, Lundqvist said there was no way he could wear a wireless mic while tending goal the way Marty Turco did during last year’s game.
As for any advice from last year’s All-Star representative, Scott Gomez said he didn’t need to say much.
“It’s a little different,” Gomez said. “My first All-Star Game they told me if I got any sleep it’s the wrong way to approach an All-Star Game. Montreal should be great. He should just enjoy it…I’m not sure there’s any advice: Hank knows how to have a good time.”
<li>Looks like The Korpedo is headed back into the lineup. He skated on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Nikolai Zherdev. Aaron Voros, meanwhile, was wearing a white jersey during practice and looked sufficiently annoyed afterward — to the point that Markus Naslund sat down next to him in an apparent effort to try to cheer to him up.
<li>I asked Paul Mara about facing Patrik Kaleta again. Remember it was Kaleta who broke a bone in Mara’s face with a high hit last Februrary, and who then incited Mara enough in a game this season to draw a game-deciding roughing penalty against the Rangers defenseman. Mara said he didn’t anticipate it being an issue.
“We want to win the game. That’s it,” Mara said. “He had his chance. We’re just going to play hockey.”
Then Mara added, “I won’t bite him.”