By Matt Calamia
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will have an opportunity to capture his second Olympic gold medal next month after he and teammate Carl Hagelin were named to Sweden’s 2014 Men's Olympic Hockey roster headed for Sochi.
Lundqvist, who captured Gold at the 2006 games, was a given to man the pipes for Sweden, which he also did at the 2010 games. In 2006, Lundqvist went 5-1 with with a 2.33 goals against average, and out-lasted Finland in the championship game. The gold medal was Sweden’s second, and first since 1994.
In 2010, Lundqvist went 2-1 in three games, as Sweden did not medal.
This season, Lundqvist is 12-16-3 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.78 goals against average.
While not the lock Lundqvist was, Hagelin’s inclusion on Team Sweden has been expected leading up to the official announcement. Since returning to the Rangers’ lineup in late October, Hagelin has posted 10 goals and 17 points and is a plus-1 in 34 games. The larger ice surface these Games will be played on should play into his speed game very well, and he should be one of Sweden’s top penalty killers.
These Olympics will be the first for Hagelin, 25, though he did represent Sweden at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
Sweden will open their tournament on Feb. 12 against the Czech Republic at 12 pm Eastern.