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Lundqvist leaves after getting hit in eye with stick

Rangers goalie finished first period, but replaced by Raanta to start second

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Lundqvist shaken up, later exits

NYR@PIT, Gm1: Lundqvist shaken up in 1st, later exits

R1, Gm1: Henrik Lundqvist goes down to the ice after being struck by a stick in the 1st, forcing his exit prior to the start of the 2nd period

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist didn't start the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday after getting hit in the eye by the stick of teammate Marc Staal late in the first.

With 49 seconds to go in the period, Staal was defending in front of the net when his stick went under Lundqvist's facemask and appeared to injure the goalie's right eye. After going to the bench and being treated by trainers, Lundqvist went back to the net.

Patric Hornqvist gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with 18 seconds left in the period on the rebound of their first shot afterward.

Backup Antti Raanta started the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series, which was won by the Penguins 5-2.

Game 2 is Saturday. Lundqvist will be re-evaluated Thursday.

"I didn't know where I got [Henrik]. Anytime he goes out like that, it's not a good sign," Staal said.

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