New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist attempted to put to rest any fear that an injury to his left shoulder is something that potentially could hurt his chances of playing in Game 3.
Lundqvist has been battling a shoulder problem but he says "It's under control, I landed on the ice awkwardly and it hurt a little bit. It's under control." He allowed five goals on 32 shots in the 5-2 loss in Game 2. He has seen 80 shots through the first two games, stopping 72 of them (.900 SV%). The Rangers head-home down 2-0 needing a win tonight at Madison Square Gardens.
Lundqvist shut the door when the Rangers were on the brink of elimination in Game's 6 and 7. In Game 6 he posted a 27-save shutout to force Game 7, where he posted a 35-save shutout. He finished the first round with a 1.65 GAA and .947 SV%.
The Rangers needed Lundqvist to steal a game for them and that is exactly what he did in Game 6. He stopped all 27 shots that he faced including 12 in the third period. He will obviously be back in the cage tonight for Game 7, he has the ability to steal this one too.
Lundqvist stopped 33 of 35 shots in the 2-1 OT loss in Washington. The GWG bounced off of a couple of bodies right to Ribeiro who tucked it home. 'King' Henrik is one of the best goalies in the NHL so he is certainly capable of stealing Game 6 for the Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist (2-2, 2.44 GAA) vs. Braden Holtby (2-2, 2.20 GAA) as #NYR and #Capitals take ice for Game 5 warmups.
Lundqvist stopped 27 of 30 shots in the Game 4, 4-3 win that knotted the series up at two games a piece. The rangers head back to Washington for Game 5 tonight where they will lean on 'King' Henrik to give them the lead in the series.
Clowe said there is a good chance he can play tonight.
Clowe missed the last game of the regular season and the first three games of this series with an undisclosed injury. He has been a good playoff performer in the past, posting 45 points in 68 career playoff games.
Marc Staal returned to the New York Rangers lineup Monday night for the first time since he was struck near his right eye by a deflected puck on March 5.
Staal logged 17 minutes, 17 seconds of ice time in 21 shifts of the Rangers’ 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3. Rangers coach John Tortorella certainly wasn’t going to wait any longer to get Staal right back into the heart of the action. Once Staal was given the go-ahead to play, Tortorella took advantage of the much-needed lineup addition.
Clowe calls himself 'game-time decision' for Game 3
Clowe, who missed the first two games of the series against the Washington Capitals with an undisclosed injury, called himself a "game-time decision." Rangers coach John Tortorella does not provide lineup or injury updates during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There was, however, a small sign that Clowe could be in for Game 3. He came off the ice with the rest of the regulars who participated in the optional morning skate while Arron Asham stayed on for an extra few minutes of work. Usually anybody who stays on for extra time after a morning skate is going to be scratched for the game that night, but since it was an optional skate it's not as clear.
This series shifts to New York for Game 3. The Rangers are down 2-0 and Lundqvist has posted a 1.90 GAA and .941 SV% in the first two games. He has played well but the Rangers have not been able to find any offense yet.