It was a fluke play and the timing didn't help. As Malone took the shot, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh attempted to clear the front of the goal and lifted his stuck into the base of Lundqvist's mask. It was just enough to allow the puck to smack the goalie's throat without any protection from his mask or neck protector.
The goalie fell to the ice in serious pain and remained motionless for several moments while being examined by the trainers. The natural beast that he is, Lundqvist remained in the game.
-- Whitneigh Kinne