New York Rangers

Rangers’ late goal forces OT, but Stars still get desperately needed win

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After losing three straight games, the Stars were slipping in the hunt for a playoff spot. Fortunately for Dallas, the squad was able to eke by tonight in a 3-2 overtime victory against the New York Rangers.

After being called out by head coach Lindy Ruff on Friday, Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen turned aside 34 of 36 shots tonight. As impressive as that is though, Lehtonen didn’t look good on Chris Kreider’s game-tying goal at 18:40 of the third period.

That marker threatened to change the course of the game and in the end it did buy the Rangers a point. However, Ales Hemsky ensured that the Stars’ losing streak wouldn’t continue.

At 24-21-8, Dallas is even with the Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings in terms of points, although the Stars are in the worst position among those teams because they’ve played in more games (53). All three squads are five points shy of a playoff spot.

Playing would have put Lundqvist at ‘big risk of having a stroke’

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As much as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would like to be playing between the pipes to aide the New York Rangers in their battle to secure a playoff spot and perhaps even the Metropolitan Division title, his current vascular injury is not something that he can attempt to simply power through.

“If I would keep playing I’d run a big risk of having a stroke, and that’s why you have to make sure you play this one safe because it’s not a sore shoulder or elbow or something like that,” Lundqvist explained to NHL.com.

With that in mind, the 32-year-old goaltender is committed to waiting until he’s completely healed before he returns. For the next two-to-three weeks he’s limited to light cardio. At that point, his condition will be re-evaluated.

“If it was a sore shoulder I’d probably be playing in a week or something,” Lundqvist said. “Here I just have to listen to the doctors because it’s that serious. I feel great walking around and doing different things, but you don’t want to push this injury as long as it’s there. But my plan is to come back and be super excited and ready to play in the last push of the season and the playoffs.”

He suffered the injury when he took a puck to the throat on Saturday. He stayed in that game and even led the Rangers to a 6-3 victory over Florida on Monday. He started experiencing headaches though and was examined further as a result.

With Lundqvist sidelined, 27-year-old Cam Talbot is trying to fill the void.

Related:

Here are three rental goalies New York could target with Lundqvist out

Leafs expected to be one of the busiest teams at the deadline

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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is on a scouting tour looking for trade partners.

Nonis was in Nashville on Thursday night watching the Predators and Anaheim Ducks. He also took in Saturday’s Kings-Lightning game in Tampa Bay.

According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox (via Elliotte Friedman), the Leafs are nowhere close to contract extensions with Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli or Daniel Winnik. All three are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after this season and are available via trade.

Additionally, the Leafs are reportedly willing to part ways with center Tyler Bozak. Friedman said he’s hearing the 28-year-olds name in trade rumors. Bozak has three years remaining on his five-year, $21 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $4.2 million.

Despite rumors of Brendan Shanahan looking for Nonis’ replacement, the 48-year-old executive is expected to remain in his position through the trade deadline.

Toronto snapped its 11-game skid with a 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. The Leafs play host to the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Preds beat Rangers, lose Wilson to upper-body injury

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Colin Wilson hasn’t gotten a ton of credit for the Nashville Predators’ big improvement this season, but he’s really found chemistry alongside Mike Fisher. He faced a setback on Saturday, however, as he suffered an upper-body injury and will not return against the New York Rangers.

Wilson was injured by what was regarded as a clean Daniel Girardi hit.

He wasn’t the only player to get banged up in this one, either, as Jesper Fast suffered a leg injury from an Anton Volchenkov check. He also will not return on Saturday.

The game wasn’t all ugly despite those losses. The pace of the game was often frantic, and there were goals like Ryan McDonagh’s undressing of Eric Nystrom:

Update: Mike Ribeiro scored the game-winner for the 700th point of his NHL career.

Rangers’ Lundqvist (vascular injury) tweets health update

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Henrik Lundqvist took to Twitter Saturday to update his health.

Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury after taking a puck to the throat last Saturday. The injury occurred during the Rangers’ 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 32-year-old said the injury is under control and that he needs rest for it to heal.

The club announced Lundqvist is expected to miss three weeks with the injury.

Lundqvist is 25-11-3 this season with a 2.52 G.A.A. and a .922 save percentage.