The people closest to great players are the ones who like to look past the physical talents and deeper into what constitutes that greatness.

So as Martin Biron sat in his stall yesterday morning at the Rangers practice facility in Westchester, the backup goalie waxed poetic about the man in front of him on the depth chart, Henrik Lundqvist.

"I always say the most impressive thing is not what he does physically, but his focus and readiness," said Biron, who was set to make his 15th start of the season last night against the Blackhawks at the Garden. "His preparation and his ability to focus are just amazing."