Henrik Lundqvist started and made 34 saves for the New York Rangers in a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the Eastern Conference hub city, on Saturday.
Goalie Igor Shesterkin was ruled unfit to play and Alexandar Georgiev was Lundqvist's backup.
The Rangers confirmed Shesterkin is unfit to play and is day to day. As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.
Lundqvist allowed one goal on 14 shots in relief of Shesterkin in a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders in an exhibition game Wednesday.
Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .947 save percentage against the Hurricanes this season, and entered the game 33-12-1 with a 2.00 GAA, .934 save percentage and two shutouts in 46 previous games against Carolina in his NHL career.
Shesterkin, a rookie, was 10-2-0 with a 2.52 GAA and .932 save percentage in 12 starts this season.
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 24 saves for the Hurricanes, No. 6 seed in the Eastern Confernce. The Rangers are the No. 11 seed. Mrazek allowed three goals on 16 shots in Carolina's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game Wednesday.