In the final minute of the first period, Lundqvist took teammate Marc Staal‘s stick to the mask. He remained in net to finish the period, letting in the first shot following the incident. He did not return for the second, as backup Antti Raanta took the crease in his place. (See the play at the top of this post.)
The Rangers lost the game 5-2.
Hellberg, 25, has appeared in just one NHL game this season, suiting up for New York against the Washington Capitals on Dec. 20.
The six-foot-six Swedish goaltender has a 30-20-3 record, a 2.40 goals against average, a .918 save percentage with the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, and ranks third in league wins, appearances and saves.
Game 2 of the first round series between the Rangers and Penguins will be played Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh.