Henrik Lundqvist was on the ice with his teammates Monday afternoon, practicing and getting ready for Tuesday's third game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Bruins, and that was a good sign after he admitted that he had hurt his left shoulder during the 5-2 loss in Game Two on Sunday afternoon.
Lundqvist, who said in the postgame dressing room that he needed to have his shoulder "checked out" by team doctors, had been flexing his left arm repeatedly in the final minutes of Sunday's game---at one point holding up the game while the referee talked with him and asked if he was alright enough to continue playing.
"It's sore, but it's the playoffs, everyone is sore," Lundqvist said on Monday. "You can't just sit out because it's hurting a little bit. I landed on the ice awkwardly, and hurt it a little bit. But it's under control."
Boston touched up Lundqvist for five goals on Sunday, the most he has surrendered in a playoff game since losing 5-3 to the Capitals on April 26, 2009 in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Though not happy with how many of those goals were scored, Rangers head coach John Tortorella remained extremely upbeat about his team's chances despite trailing the Bruins 2-0 in the series.
"We need to correct things that need to be corrected," exlained the coach on Monday. "But I am very optimistic about where we are going. I am very encouraged by what I saw on the tape. The mistakes we made are ones we never make. I'm looking forward to Game Three."
The 20 players who played in Games One and Two up in Boston---including backup goaltender Martin Biron---practiced together on Monday for around 40 minutes. Then after they were done, the scratches and extras---including the injured Marc Staal and Darroll Powe---practiced with assistant Jim Schoenfeld. It was the second day that Powe skated with teammates. He has been sidelined since suffering an undisclosed injury in Game Three of the Washington series.
The Rangers are 3-0 on home ice during the post-season and were 16-6-2 at The Garden during the regular season. Certainly the Rangers will be a confident team heading into Game Three against Boston on Tuesday night, playing at MSG.
"All through the year and during the playoffs (The Garden) has been good to us, we've won games here," explained Tortorella. "That's what we have to do. Not win two at home, but win one game at home (before thinking of two). That's out toal focus."