Lundqvist reports to camp with world of confidence –

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — For the first time in his NHL career, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist entered training camp after having won the last official game he played. That it wasn’t in a Rangers sweater is part of Lundqvist’s bigger picture, but it doesn’t change how he feels.

Lundqvist helped Sweden win the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship on May 21. It was 12 days after his 12th NHL season came to an all-too-familiar early end with a loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Ottawa Senators.

Had Lundqvist not gone to the World Championship, had he not won the gold medal with his twin brother, Joel, on the team, who knows how he would have felt throughout the summer as he geared up to start the journey in the NHL all over again. 

He could have carried the disappointment of another Stanley Cup Playoff failure with him. He could have wondered about his game, his confidence. It could have been debilitating.

But he did go. He did win. He did do something great, something he’ll never forget.

“It made a pretty big impact in how I felt this summer,” Lundqvist said Friday. “Not only because I ended on a high note, but because I did it with my brother. 

“It was a dream come true.”

Lundqvist thinks winning for Sweden can have a significant impact on how he starts this season with the Rangers, on what he hopes is the beginning of a journey to another dream coming true.

Just as it did for Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby more than two years ago, winning at the Worlds gave Lundqvist his winning feeling back and with it came a surge of confidence he needed after what was arguably

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