Henrik Lundqvist felt strongly connected to Kobe Bryant:


Henrik Lundqvist never met Kobe Bryant, but the 37-year-old Swedish network operator told The Post that he was still feeling the effects of the death of 41-year-old Lakers legend in the Los Angeles Sunday helicopter crash that killed nine people ,

"I can't tell you exactly why. I tried to find out for myself when I talked to a friend of mine about it this morning," said Lundqvist, who published a tweet in honor of Bryant shortly after the news was released on Sunday "I think the answer is that I see the qualities in him as a competitor and his work ethic with which I identify, and I think that's what many professional athletes feel."

"On the one hand, I can count on the players in other sports that I have watched from a distance in the past 10 or 15 years, and Kobe is one of them. It was he as a competitor, how he behaved and obviously what he did I admired that.

"I'm not a big basketball fan, but he has had so much influence on the pitch in so many different areas." You can see how much it meant for so many people and how much it affected people. He was special. "

Henrik Lundqvist and Kobe BryantGetty Images, UPI

Lundqvist will start the game in Detroit on Saturday after Igor Shesterkin received the call for the opening game of Friday's home games against the Red Wings. It is the first launch of the Swede since January 11th and the second since January 2nd. Shesterkin played a few games for the AHL Wolf Pack last weekend, while the blueshirts took a longer break. Alex Georgiev will not dress on Friday and will likely act as a substitute on Saturday.

"With the break and a few outside [before that]Of course I'm looking forward to it, ”said Lundqvist. "You miss the action. You miss being out there. I will try to be at the top of my game. "

There is still no great design for how the Rangers will approach this three-goal summit that is close to trading on February 24 (if not beyond). Coach David Quinn, who said he would run this opening rotation because "I with the goalkeeper who played two games or the goalkeeper who was on the beach for nine days" talked about the "constant open dialogue" with the network trio spoke.

"Obviously, it's not an ideal situation for the goalkeeper, coach or anyone, but I think they all did a great job of dealing with it." They all want to play, I want them all to play, I want them to be pissed off when they're not there, but they don't let it get in the way of their work ethic and they don't let it in get in the way of what's going on in this locker room. "

Lundqvist said the three goalkeepers "support each other".

"We make the best of it," said the king. "It's day after day. Overall, we'll see what happens."

Artemi Panarin, who missed the last game before the break and took care of an upper body problem, was unencumbered in training and will compete against the Wings.

"You never know, but we were confident that he would return 100 percent," said Quinn.

Ryan Strome, Panarin's center, left the training center with an obvious hint of flu, but is expected to play on Friday, according to Quinn.

Pavel Buchnevich ran to the right with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, who said the speed skating event in the All-Star Skill Competition, in which he finished third, was "daunting".

Jesper Fast was on the right with Panarin and Strome, while Filip Chytil was running between Brendan Lemieux and Kaapo Kakko, and Brett Howden was in the fourth row with Greg McKegg and Brendan Smith.

You can find more information about the Rangers in the latest episode of the podcast "Up In The Blue Seats":