Lundqvist – day to day – with neck stiffness

The New York Rangers’ play-off aspirations took a major hit on Friday night during their 6-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens. With less than four minutes remaining in regulation Rangers, undisputed MVP goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, was injured when Montreal forward, Benoit Pouliot, cut to the net, in an attempt to score, and crashed violently into him. To the relief of all Rangers’ fans Lundqvist seemed okay as he played the remaining 3:39 of the game. Still, less than 24 hours later, the veteran reportedly had trouble moving his head and had a very stiff neck. “I am getting ready to play — that’s still my goal — but we’ll see how it feels later,” said Lundqvist, who is 30-24-4 on the season. “It’s just pain … nothing that can get worse … still very stiff. I had some treatment & amp. I will have the whole afternoon to take it easy.” Tests showed nothing wrong with Lundqvist, but a decision still hasn’t been made regarding if he will play on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rangers’ coach, John Tortorella, had no complaints about the hit to his all-star goalie. “It certainly wasn’t intentional. It was a hockey play,” Tortorella said. “I think … that’s hockey. We try to take care of the [crease], we try to get to their [crease], and when there’s contact I think that’s part of the game. We certainly don’t want to lose our goalie or him to get hurt, but I’m not going to sit up here and whine about that stuff. I think that’s a big part of hockey .. trying to make plays. We try to do it. You just play and see where it goes.” Currently the Rangers are holding down seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Still they are only four points ahead of the ninth place Carolina Hurricanes.

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