Lundqvist allowed two goals on 31 shots in the Rangers 4-2 win over the Penguins in game two. He was forced to leave game one, so it was nice to see him back between the pipes for Saturday’s win. He has now stopped 39 of 42 shots (.929 SV%) for a 2.25 GAA in his first four periods of the 2016 playoffs. Tonight, he starts at Madison Square Garden, where he was 22-6-3 with a 2.31 GAA and .918 SV% in the regular season.
Lundqvist (eye) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.
Lundqvist did not return to the crease for the second period of Game 1 after he caught Marc Staal’s stick in the eye late in the first period. Magnus Hellberg has been recalled to backup Antti Raanta in case Lundqvist can’t play, but he practiced on Friday and as long as he can see, expect Lundqvist to start Game 2.
McDonagh missed the final three games of the regular season and game one. He will sit out at least one more game with a small fracture in his right hand. The Rangers could be playing an important game two without their top defenseman and goaltender.
The Rangers have recalled Magnus Hellberg from Hartford (AHL).
The Rangers’ star netminder Henrik Lundqvist left game one after Marc Staal’s stick went inside his mask and caught him near the eye. Hellberg’s recall suggests that Lundqvist’s status for game two is up in the air. Losing Lundqvist would be devastating to the Rangers chances of getting out of the first round. Helberg, 25, was 30-20-3 with a 2.40 GAA and .918 SV% in 53 games with Hartford this season.
Lundqvist (illness) ready to start Game 1 in Pittsburgh.
Lundqvist did not finish the season very well. He lost four of his final six starts while allowing at least three goals in each of those defeats. However, he finished with 35 wins, a 2.48 GAA and .920 SV% on the season and was 1-2-1 with a2.69 GAA and .917 SV% vs. the Penguins. The playoffs haven’t been great to him either—winning just 48.6 percent of his 111 career playoff starts despite posting a strong 2.22 GAA, .928 SV% and nine shutouts.