“You just start to think about all the things you’ve been through. I came here as a 16 year old. I started following this team when I was 5 — my dad took me to my first game and it’s been my dream to play here. Then you’re out there and you realize I’m playing against my twin brother, against Frolunda with the New York Rangers and I get THIS before the game. It’s just a lot to take in all at once.
Usually I’m very focused going into the game and know what to do, but here there were so many things in my head in the first period that I felt very uncomfortable playing, I tried to enjoy it, but I was nervous and excited at the same time.”—Henrik Lundqvist
“Oh it was pretty cool, and I got goosebumps when they gave (Lundqvist) that standing ovation. You just felt happy for the guy. He’s a great athlete, a great goaltender, and means so much to our team, but he’s such a great guy, teammate, and friend. Everybody has a lot of respect for that man, and you want good things to happen to him. It’s obvious the love they have for him here. And he’s earned that.”—Brian Boyle
“We were joking when we got to the hotel that (Lundqvist’s) picture was on the room key! Now we know he’s a legend in this country when you see him on a hotel key! But he was so emotional during that standing ovation, and then came in here after the game and showed his appreciation for how hard we worked for him. Just to help him get that win, and how much it means to him, was important to us. There was no way we were going to lose for him tonight.”—Michael Del Zotto
“From what I’ve heard it’s sold out, and talking to Hanky, he’s pretty excited. He’s supposed to get a warm welcome there and I think the guys that do play in that game will want to try to win it for Hanky. It’s going to be a big night for him and hopefully we get a win for him.”—Ryan Callahan
“The challenge for me is going to be to stay focused on my job, but that’s a good thing. That’s what I need, a test going into the season. The toughest part coming off a long break is the mental part, focusing the right way, and (Friday) is going to be a big test of that. We’ll see how I react and how I play, but I’m going to try to enjoy it, because it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.”—Henrik Lundqvist discussing tomorrow’s game against his former team Frolunda