WASHINGTON — Henrik Lundqvist remains “day-to-day” with neck spasms, coach Alain Vigneault said Friday, but Lundqvist did travel with the team.
“We don’t believe it’s anything serious,” Vigneault said, but there has been no decision on whether he can play Sunday against the Islanders.
In Thursday night’s game, Lundqvist toppled the net to stop play after a second-period collision with Ryan McDonagh in which the goalie was injured, and according to the Penguins’ website, Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury called the meltdown “baby stuff.” But Capitals goalie Braden Holtby disagreed.
“I think he did the right thing,” Holtby told The Associated Press. “I thought it was absurd he got penalized for it. You get hit in the head as a goalie, you can’t skate to the bench for a line change. If you’re seeing stars, you can’t see the puck. You have no other option.”
Seemed a long time
After the second period Friday night, McDonagh, who had two assists, admitted “some frustration [after the Capitals tied it with the help of a controversial goal] . . . This was a long game in general with all the reviews and all the whistles and icings, so you real ly had to make sure your mind was in the right spot.”
Asked how long the third period was while hanging on to a one-goal lead, Antti Raanta deadpanned: “It was 20 minutes, I think. Twenty minutes.”
The Capitals outshot the Rangers 34-23 and won 62.5 percent of the faceoffs . . . The Rangers blocked 27 shots . . . Alex Ovechkin, who had five goals in the previous four meetings, had four shots blocked and was a minus-2.