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Rangers' Lundqvist leaves practice twice

Goalie not feeling well but will be fine for Game 1: Vigneault

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist left practice early Monday because he was feeling sick.

"I just told him to get off the ice and he'll be fine [Tuesday]," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "There was nothing where we needed him to be out there today."

The Rangers begin the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, MSG, ROOT).

Lundqvist left practice at the MSG Training Center on two occasions.

He first left 15 minutes into practice and was replaced by a shooter tutor, a netted device that blocks the majority of the goal. He returned 15 minutes later and faced several shots and stretched before leaving again.

His second departure, about 30 minutes into practice, ended his afternoon. He spoke briefly to Vigneault and then headed to dressing room.

Lundqvist did not play in the final game of the regular season, dressing as the backup to Antti Raanta in a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. He last played Thursday against the New York Islanders when he allowed three goals in the second period. He was replaced by Raanta to start the third.

Vigneault said he is not worried about Lundqvist, who has been the backbone of the postseason success the Rangers have experienced in the past three years, which has included a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and a spot in the Eastern Conference Final last season.

"I think he had another outstanding season," Vigneault said. "In parts of this season he was probably the best goaltender in the League. As you know, his will and his will to win, you can't measure it. I think like the rest of the team he is looking forward to this challenge. Him, as much as anybody else that is playing for us right now, understands that B won't do it. We are going to need our A game."

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