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Monday, May 20, 2013
Lundqvist dealing with shoulder injury

By Mike Mazzeo

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist suffered a left shoulder injury late in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, but he plans on battling through it.

Henrik Lundqvist
If Lundqvist's shoulder is a big problem, the Rangers are in big trouble.
Lundqvist hurt his shoulder with 4:52 remaining in the third period after making a save on Boston Bruins winger Daniel Paille.

Game 3 is Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

“Yeah, it’s under control,” Lundqvist said after practice Monday. “I landed on the ice awkwardly and hurt it a little bit. It’s under control.

“Everybody’s sore. It’s the playoffs. You can’t just sit out because it’s hurting a little bit. It happens and you just have to make sure you do the right things to make it good.”

During the first two games of the series -- both losses -- Lundqvist has allowed eight goals on 80 shots. Five of those goals came in Game 2.

“You’re never happy or satisfied giving up five goals, but you have to move on and take the good parts and try to learn something from it,” Lundqvist said.

Carl Hagelin disagreed with coach John Tortorella’s assessment prior to Game 2 that he stinks on the power play.

“For me, I definitely don’t think I stink on the power play,” the winger said, according to the Bergen Record. “That’s the only comment I have on the PP.”

• While New York’s line combinations remained the same in practice, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi were reunited on the top defensive pairing; Girardi was on the ice for all five goals in Game 2.

The other pairings were Michael Del Zotto and Anton Stralman and John Moore and Steve Eminger.

Tortorella wouldn’t confirm if those pairings would stay the same in Game 3.

Rick Nash scored his first goal of the playoffs Sunday, but said he wished he could give it back in exchange for a win.

“I think he’s played well right on through the playoffs,” Tortorella replied when asked why his star winger is seeing so much ice time. “They want (Zdeno) Chara against him, and we’re trying to get away from that at certain times. He’s gonna play a lot. He’s played very well. He scores a goal which is going to help, and we’ll go right back out there with him tomorrow.”

• Defenseman Marc Staal (right eye) and winger Darroll Powe (possible concussion) skated after practice.