Henrik Lundqvist eventually returns after being clobbered by Cody Eakin

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Just when Henrik Lundqvist thought it was safe to return to the New York Rangers’ net, this happens.

Lundqvist left tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars (at least for the moment) after a huge hit by Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin. Eakin received a game misconduct and major penalty for the, frankly, quite puzzling hit.

Video will be added momentarily. In the mean time, draw your jaw in awe at the audacious hit via this GIF:

Wow. Don’t be shocked if this seemingly bloodless rivalry gets a little nasty on Thursday.

Update: Rangers fans can breathe easier, as Lundqvist returned during the same period and made some nice saves.

Naturally, if he has a setback, it will be noted, but that’s a promising sign.

Lundqvist gained a significant measure of revenge by not just returning, but blanking the Stars in a 2-0 win for the Rangers.