Henrik Lundqvist: 'If I kept playing I could have had a stroke'

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Henrik Lundqvist: 'If I kept playing, I could have had a stroke'
Sunday February 8th, 2015

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist provided more detail on Sunday about the neck injury that will keep him out for at least three weeks, calling the injury "a sprained blood vessel" and saying that "if I kept playing, I could have had a stroke."

Lundqvist sustained the injury on Jan. 31 after taking a puck to the throat in a game vs. the Carolina Hurricanes. After a few moments down on the ice, he remained in the game and also played in the Rangers' next game, Monday vs. the Florida Panthers. Both were wins for the Rangers, but the 32-year-old goaltender was reportedly experiencing intermittent headaches and underwent a series of examinations on Wednesday.

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The Rangers released a short statement on Friday that only said Lundqvist "suffered a vascular injury," and that he would be sidelined for at least three weeks until he is revaluated.

On Sunday, Lundqvist addressed reporters before a game against the Dallas Stars in New York.

Lundqvist won't be re-evaluated for at least 2-to-3 weeks, and he can only do light cardio until then, reports NHL.com.

Backup Cam Talbot replaced Lundqvist in goal for Thursday's 3-2 Rangers win over the Boston Bruins. He also was in the net for New York's 3-2 loss to the Predators in Nashville on Saturday.

In 39 games this season, Lundqvist went 25-11-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average.

Mike Fiammetta

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