Henrik Lundqvist out 'at least three weeks' with vascular injury (Updated)

Sean Leahy
Henrik Lundqvist out 'at least three weeks' with vascular injury (Updated)
Henrik Lundqvist out 'at least three weeks' with vascular injury (Updated)

The news on Wednesday about Henrik Lundqvist was somewhat positive. “Day-to-day,” was the prognosis after he took a shot to the throat Saturday night versus Carolina. But that positivity just disappeared as Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the New York Rangers netminder will miss at least a month.

From the Post:

But the goaltender, who had been experiencing intermittent headaches, underwent a series of tests and exams on Wednesday, the results of which are known by the Rangers but have not been shared.

Sources have told The Post that Lundqvist did not develop a blood clot, nor is he is suffering from nerve damage or post-concussion symptoms. But whatever it is, it will require a recovery period of at least four weeks, if not longer.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault would not confirm the Post report, only stating that Lundqvist would not join the team on their trip to Nashville for Saturday's game. 

Lundqvist finished the game against the Hurricanes and played the entirety of New York’s 6-3 win over Florida on Monday night. 

And that now brings up the question as to why the jewel of the franchise was allowed to continue playing on. Did finishing the Carolina game and then playing a full 60 two days later make matters worse? 

The Rangers’ net now belongs to Cam Talbot, who’s started 10 games this year, posting three shutouts and a .923 even strength save percentage.

Losing Lundqvist certainly hurts, but Talbot's been fine in relief. The injury may hurt their chances to beat out the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins for the Metropolitan Division crown, but the postseason still looks safe with their eight-point lead on the Panthers, who are on the outside looking in in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

UPDATE: The Rangers announced Friday afternoon that a vascular injury will sideline Lundqvist for a minimum of three weeks. "We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care. Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is revaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts."

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