Winter Games Athletes
Lundqvist has established himself as one of the NHL's top goaltenders in his eight-plus seasons, but he isn't putting up the numbers in 2013-14 that he has in past years. The New York Rangers star hopes he can get on track before heading to Sochi as he makes his third Olympic appearance for Sweden. Lundqvist was a three-time finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top netminder before winning the award after a stellar 2011-12 campaign. He's the only goaltender in NHL history to win at least 30 games in his first seven seasons, leading to a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension with New York on Dec. 4 that made him the highest-paid goalie in the league. Lundqvist is hoping his Olympic performance will be much better than how he's fared so far this season. His 2.44 goals-against average is well above his career 2.28 mark. He sat out clumps of games due to his struggles in the first half, but will look to get back on track in Sochi. Lundqvist guided Sweden to gold at the 2006 Games in Turin, and owns the Olympic record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal, finally letting one through in 2010 in Vancouver after a scoreless streak of 172 minutes, 34 seconds.