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Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta left Thursday night‘s game against the Wild after taking a puck off his mask.

By Joshua Kloke
December 17, 2015

New York Rangers fans should be happy to have Henrik Lundqvist grace the net, but not under these circumstances.

Late in the first period of New York’s game at the Minnesota Wild, after facing just four shots, Rangers backup keeper Antti Raanta took a Marco Scandella slap shot to the mask and left the game soon afterward. It was a scary situation for the 26-year-old, who has posted a .922 save percentage and 2.03 goals against average this season.

Raanta went to the dressing room and did not return. He was replaced by Lundqvist, and the Rangers announced shortly after the second period began that Raanta was out for the rest of the game.

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Minnesota led New York 2–1 after two periods.

 

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