Lunqvist has been out since early February after he sustained a sprained blood vessel in his neck when a puck struck him during a Jan. 31 game against Carolina. He spent a few minutes down on the ice, but he remained net and played in New York’s next game as well.
Lundqvist later said that he could have suffered dire consequences if he hadn’t taken time off to heal.
Lundqvist was cleared to return last week and has the Rangers’ past 23 games. He has a 25-11-3 record and 2.25 goals-against average this season.
Talbot had filled in impressively during Lundqvist’s absence. The Rangers are 46-19-7 and tied with the Lightning for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with 99 points.
- Will Green