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.