Game Update: Lundqvist replaces injured Raanta

At the start of the second period, Antti Raanta didn’t return to the ice in Montreal. Instead, Henrik Lundqvist replaced him in net. Scheduled for a night off, the 34-year old Rangers starter is back in replacing Raanta, who suffered a “lower-body” injury.

For now, the Rangers are left with only one goalie. Who would become the emergency back up if something were to happen to Lundqvist? I would imagine someone is being rushed to the arena.

Of course, Lundqvist was rudely greeted by the Habs, who scored on their first shot when Alex Galchenyuk was left all alone to deflect a point shot past him to tie the score.

Further updating the game, Rick Nash follows up a Kevin Hayes rush with his 14th past Carey Price to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the second period. More to come later. The Habs challenged the call for goalie interference. They had one reversed on them in the first period when it appeared Kevin Klein pushed Andrew Shaw into Raanta.

The Habs lose the challenge because Price was outside the crease and made a kick save to deny Hayes, whose skate got tangled with Price’s right leg outside. That allowed Nash to get the continuation for a good goal at 6:29. It reads Nash (14) from Hayes and Pavel Buchnevich, who for a second consecutive game has an assist. He’s a point machine even when he misses two months.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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