Lundqvist stopped 30 shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2. The 38-year-old wasn't as sharp as he'd been in Game 1, surrendering a hat trick to Andrei Svechnikov, but the end result was the same. With the Rangers now facing elimination, don't be surprised if they make a change in net Tuesday night -- whether that means turning to Igor Shesterkin (undisclosed), or even Alexandar Georgiev if Shesterkin isn't yet ready to go.
Lundqvist will make a second straight start for Monday's Game 2 clash with the Hurricanes, Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic reports. Lundqvist faced 37 shots in Game 1 in which he made 34 saves but wasn't able to secure the win for his club. King Henrik appears to have cemented himself as the preferred option in goal and will get the nod with Igor Shesterkin still unfit to play.
Lundqvist made 34 saves in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifier. Getting the surprise start over Igor Shesterkin (undisclosed), the veteran netminder was scored on by Jaccob Slavin just 61 seconds into the game after a defensive breakdown by the Rangers. Lundqvist then turned back the clock and put together a vintage performance to keep his team in the game, but New York couldn't climb out of the hole. Shesterkin's status is uncertain for Game 2 on Monday, but Lundqvist's strong showing suggests he's more than up to the task if needed.
Lundqvist will start Saturday's Game 1 against the Hurricanes. Lundqvist was expected to be the backup for Saturday's contest, but as the Rangers took the ice for pregame warmups, news broke that Igor Shesterkin had been deemed unfit to play, paving the way for King Henrik to get the start in goal. The 38-year-old netminder struggled during the regular season, compiling a 10-12-3 record while posting a sub-par 3.16 GAA and .905 save percentage, but he looked good during training camp and has fared extremely well against the Hurricanes in the past.
According to team president John Davidson, Lundqvist will have a chance to win the starting job back during the Rangers' pre-playoffs training camp, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports. Lundqvist has essentially served as New York's No. 3 netminder since early January behind Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev, but the Rangers may want to rely on the 38-year-old Swede's wealth of experience once the playoffs get underway. They'll also be taking on the Hurricanes in the qualifying round, and Lundqvist has been exceptional against Carolina this year, going 3-0-0 while posting an impressive 2.33 GAA and .947 save percentage. More information regarding New York's goaltending battle should begin to surface once the team's training camp gets underway in mid-July.
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