Lundqvist’s Scary Reminder To Wear Neck Guard
At least I saved it ???? I’ll prob stick to soup today, feel pretty good though. Thanks for all the well wishes! pic.twitter.com/2xTTHVkTUA
— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) February 1, 2015
There probably isn’t much more that New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist could have done to prevent from getting hit in the throat in a scary incident on Saturday: “The King” wears a dangler that hangs from his mask and a throat guard under a chest-and arm unit that includes both Carbon Fibre and Kevlar.
All that protection still wasn’t enough when the stick of Rangers forward Ryan McDonagh lifted Lundqvist’s mask up during a battle at the edge of the crease just as Brad Malone took a high shot from close range, dropping the goalie to the ice immediately and in obvious distress. Lundqvist stayed in the game, however, proving he’s more than just a pretty face:
Lundqvist admitted to the New York Daily News it took a while to get over the impact:
“The first couple (of) minutes it was for me to see, ‘Am I feeling better here?’ The first couple minutes were kind of tough to focus the same way, because I felt a little lightheaded. … I’m actually glad, it could have been worse. It could have been a lot worse if the helmet came off a little bit more and the shot was a little higher, but I feel lucky. … When I (got hit), (it was) obviously extremely painful and hard to breathe for a couple minute(s). I got very lightheaded and I got a little worried the first minute or so, but then they told me just to breathe and slowly I started to feel better.”
Lundqvist finished with 31 saves in the 4-1 win over Carolina, while also providing a good lesson for goalies everywhere: make sure you are well protected around the neck. As the images show, his neck protector actually absorbed some of the puck impact. The idea of going out there without any protection should be the only thing scarier than seeing Lundqvist get hit in the neck on this fluke play.