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Rangers recall Hellberg; Lundqvist's status uncertain

New York's starting goalie injured in Game 1 loss to Pittsburgh

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The New York Rangers recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

The move comes the day after Henrik Lundqvist left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at the Pittsburgh Penguins with an apparent right eye injury. Antti Raanta made 16 saves on 19 shots over the final two periods of a 5-2 loss. 

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 1-0. Game 2 is at Consol Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). 

Lundqvist was hurt with 49 seconds remaining in the first period when the tip of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal's stick blade went through a hole in his mask and appeared to catch him in his right eye. The Rangers are already without injured defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh (right hand).

Hellberg, a second-round pick (No. 38) of the Nashville Predators in the 2011 NHL Draft, was 30-20-3 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 53 games for Hartford. Hellberg was traded to the Rangers by the Predators for a sixth-round selection in the 2017 draft on July 1, 2015.

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