Lundqvist injury leads to emergency call-up for Hellberg

Check out as a frustrated Henrik Lundqvist pushes the net off the moorings for not getting a penalty in the previous play.

WASHINGTON — The New York Rangers have recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

The move comes the morning after starter Henrik Lundqvist left New York’s game in Pittsburgh with neck spasms. The Rangers visit the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Antti Raanta, who replaced Lundqvist for the third period of the 4-1 loss to the Penguins, is expected to start against the NHL-leading Capitals. Hellberg’s recall suggests Lundqvist may not be available for backup duty.

Hellberg has appeared in two NHL games, one with the Nashville Predators and one with the Rangers. The 24-year-old is third in AHL appearances this season.