New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, left, deflects the puck as Florida Panthers' Brad Boyes (24) skates in during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Rangers won 6-3. (AP Photo/B
Bill Kostroun
February 08, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist expressed hope he would return from a throat-area injury before the start of the playoffs.

Lundqvist was injured when he was struck with a shot last Saturday against Carolina. He called the problem a ''blood vessel injury'' that will be reevaluated in two to three weeks.

''You can't take a risk on this,'' the 32-year-old Lundqvist said Sunday. ''I have to listen to the doctors. I feel great walking around but I don't want to push this injury.''

The Rangers initially said Lundqvist was day to day with a neck injury after he was hit with the high shot when a teammate accidently lifted the goalie's mask and exposed his throat during a 4-1 win over Carolina. Lundqvist also played in Monday's 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers.

Lundqvist said he started experiencing headaches after the Florida game. Doctors then decided to continue evaluating his condition.

''It shocked me to hear that I will be out for a while,'' he said. ''I'm happy we caught this.''

Cam Talbot has started in Lundqvist's place, winning 3-2 over Boston on Wednesday and losing 3-2 at Nashville on Saturday. Talbot also started Sunday's game against the Stars. The Rangers recalled 20-year-old Mackenzie Skapski from AHL Hartford as the backup.

''Cam has been playing really well,'' Lundqvist said. ''We're all confident in him.''

Lundqvist is 16-4-0 with a 1.82 goals against average in his last 20 games and 25-11-3 overall this season.

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