New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will man the crease tonight, in Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game 2 of the Rangers vs. Penguins Eastern Conference Quarter Final goes today at 3 p.m., at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Lundqvist had sustained an injury to his right eye with 48.2 seconds left in the first period of Game 1 on Wednesday when the stick blade of teammate Marc Staal penetrated Lundqvist’s mask. Lundqvist was then questionable for Game 2.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Lundqvist would start Saturday after Lundqvist reported no issues practicing Friday.
“He’s good to go,” Vigneault said. “He went through practice yesterday. Came to our meetings last night, talked to our doctors. Got up this morning and everybody agreed that, pretty much, he was good to go.”
Lundqvist said Friday he felt relieved his eye injury didn’t seem as serious as it did initially. Teammates shared that sentiment, with forward J.T. Miller detailing Lundqvist’s importance to the Rangers.
“He’s our leader,” Miller said. “We need him to be healthy … It was a scary moment. You definitely don’t want to see that.”
Lundqvist is 54-56 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 112 Stanley Cup Playoff games.