Thursday, April 14, 2016

NHL NEWS

NHL NEWS
The New York Rangers were left picking up the pieces following their 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday after they lost their most important player for the game, and perhaps longer. The Rangers don't yet know the status of goalie Henrik Lundqvist for game 2 on Saturday. Lundqvist left game 1 after the first period with an apparent right eye injury and coach Alain Vigneault said he would be reevaluated Thursday. "You just have to learn to deal with it," defense man Marc Staal said. Antti Raanta, who made 16 saves on 19 shots in relief, said he saw Ludqvist after the game, but they didn't talk. Maybe the two days off between games will be enough for Lundqvist to recover in time to return to the series having only missed two periods. But maybe not. And that's the fear the Rangers have now that they are already in a 1-0 hole in the best of 7 series against the Penguins, who didn't even have their best 2 goalies in net in game 1. Jeff Zatkoff made 35 saves in his first career Stanley cup playoff start and No. 1 Goalie Marc Andre Fleury was unable to play after missing the last five games of the regular season, and No.2 goalie Matt Murray is a day-to-day. The news on Zatkoff is where the Rangers emotional roller coaster ride began Wednesday. New York went into Game 1 preparing to face Fleury. Their focus was on the Penguins No.1 goalie because he practiced Monday and Tuesday and was a full participant in the morning skate Wednesday.

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