New York Rangers Defeat Montreal Canadiens, but How Hurt Is Henrik Lundqvist?

Anthony PucikCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2011

NEW YORK - MARCH 18:  Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during their game on March 18, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Rangers' winning ways continue as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers offense was alive tonight, having six different players score and notching five goals in the first period alone.

Artem Anisimov scored the first goal after blocking a shot with his ankle in the Rangers zone, and bringing it all the way down the ice to score. The Canadiens answered with P.K. Subban's goal, and the score was tied at one.

Then the Rangers went on a goal spree. After Dan Girardi scored to make it 2-1 Rangers, Ryan Callahan, Marion Gaborik and Brian Boyle each scored a goal in a span of one minute and seven seconds, giving the Rangers a 5-1 lead heading into the second period.

The Canadiens got one goal back to bring the deficit to three on a James Wisniewski slap shot, and that was the only goal scored in the period.

In the third, Brian Gionta scores on the power play, bringing the Canadians within two with plenty of time left. No goals were scored until three minutes were left in the game, when Vinny Prospal scored on the power play to give the Rangers a 6-3 lead, and that was the final score of the game.

Unfortunately, the Rangers did have a minor scare on the ice. In the third period, Canadian Benoit Pouliot ran into Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, knocking him over and the net off as well. 

Pouliot was charged with a two-minute penalty, but Lundqvist was very slow to get up. He did stay in for the remainder of the game, but he looked very shaky in net, moving very slowly side to side and up and down.

When the Rangers won the game, Lundqvist would not let his teammates do the traditional "helmet butt," and could not raise his stick very high when the Rangers saluted the home crowd.

There is no word yet on how serious the injury to Lundqvist is, if there is any injury at all. The Rangers better hope that Lundqvist is okay, because if he is going to be sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Rangers might as well kiss their playoff hopes goodbye. 

Lundqvist is one of the main reasons that the Rangers are in the playoff picture at all; without him, they would be nothing. If they don't have him now, during the most crucial point in the season where nearly every game is a must win, they will not be in the playoffs this year.