“I feel better today,” Lundqvist said at Monday’s practice, per ESPN. “Yesterday was just not good enough to be able to play. The decision was made together with [coach] Rikard [Gronborg]. The position is what it is, and it’s a lot of responsibility.
“You just can’t go out there and see if you’re OK, so we made that decision, which was a good one.”
Lundqvist then praised backup netminder Jacob Markstrom, who played very well against the Russians by stopping 27 of 28 shots faced.
While there are probably some rumblings about Gronborg sticking with Markstrom for Tuesday’s game, it’s hard to envision Sweden parking Lundqvist if he’s healthy. (And yes, that’s taking King Henrik’s shaky exhibition effort into account as well.)
Gronborg said Lundqvist had a “strong practice” on Monday.