Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t going to lie. It has been different coming to the rink this year than last year. It has been different reporting to the practice rink for a team currently out of a playoff spot than it was for a conference leader.

“You can’t feel the same way when you’re losing as when you’re winning,” Lundqvist told The Post following yesterday’s morning skate. “I’m sure other players would react differently, but not me.

“It’s not a feeling that I bring into the game with me. By that time, I’m only focused on what I need to do in the game, but coming to the rink in the morning, there’s a difference.

“Everything,” the goaltender said, “is better when you’re winning.”

All is at least temporarily well in Lundqvist’s Kingdom after his outstanding performance keyed the Blueshirts to a 2-1 shootout victory over the Hurricanes at the Garden last night to break a stifling three-game losing streak that cast playoff qualification into peril.

The Rangers scored just once, finishing the night with a scoreless streak of 33:54 after it had grown to 129:55 before Derek Stepan’s goal midway through the second negated Eric Staal’s late first-period tally, and have scored just three times over the last four games, but this surely was progress.

Because the Blueshirts dominated in offensive-zone and possession time over the final 45 minutes following a desultory opening 20. Because they created off both the rush and forecheck.