Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist
is breathing easier -- literally -- Wednesday afternoon after being hit in the neck with a slap shot during today's practice.
A Brian Boyle
shot hit Lundqvist on the right side of the All-Star goaltender's neck, and he immediately left the ice.
Lundqvist was feeling better not long after, and expects to be in the net when the Rangers travel to Philadelphia for Thursday's game against the Flyers. It's the teams' first meeting since their memorable last day of the season shootout that propelled the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final and started the Rangers' summer earlier than planned.
"It's a little stiff now, but it will be fine," Lundqvist told the New York Post. "The shot hit me in the throat between my (neck) padding and the extra padding I have at the bottom of my mask, and when it did, I had trouble breathing and then I got really dizzy because blood was blocked going to my brain."
When Lundqvist left the ice, Boyle went with him, and the fourth-line center felt relieved when he learned his teammate would be OK.
"I was shooting well today, but obviously that one didn't go quite where I wanted it too," he told the Post. "I didn't him flush, but at that point, what do you do?"