Henrik Lundqvist in minor collision

Updated: February 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

Both Team Sweden and the New York Rangers got a brief scare Monday morning when goaltender Henrik Lundqvist left practice after a collision with defenseman Erik Karlsson.

Though Lundqvist returned to the ice before the session ended and appeared to be fine, a potential injury to the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner could have spelled disaster.

The 31-year-old goalie has surrendered only three goals in three games during the Olympics for a 1.67 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Undefeated in the preliminary round, Sweden will be the No. 1 seed heading into the quarterfinals and will face the winner of the qualification round game between Slovenia and Austria on Tuesday.

Lundqvist's steadiness in goal has helped lead a Swedish team ravaged by injury up front. Sweden is already without captain Henrik Zetterberg, Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen.

"I told him I was sorry, about 500 times," Karlsson said, according to Reuters.

Beyond the immediate concerns for Sweden, the Rangers must have been sweating the injury report as well. Since a poor start to the 2013-14 season, Lundqvist has been rock-solid for New York, which is in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Lundqvist missed two games in October with a shoulder injury but has otherwise been remarkably durable during his tenure with the Rangers.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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