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.