New York Rangers Lundqvist back on the ice
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist hit social media on Friday with a picture of him back on the ice following treatment on his knee.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist put his gear on for the first time since he had an injection to his knee from an injury he suffered last year at the IIHF World Championships. The injury occurred while he was playing for Team Sweden, the eventual winner of the tournament.

Henrik suffered an isolated Grade 1 MCL sprain in his knee. The injury did not require surgery, but Lundqvist did have to alter his game preparation throughout the past season to help keep the discomfort to a minimal. The knee didn’t appear to bother him during games at any time.

The injection Henrik took on his knee was a platelet-rich plasma treatment and then rest for three weeks before starting his off-season training.

Henrik posted a picture of him in net with his 2018 Winter Classic “NY” jersey and gear on. He wrote,

“First session since my knee injection, felt really good out there.”

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Lundqvist felt the inspiration to get back on the ice from watching the NHL playoffs and the IIHF World Championships.

King Henrik and the Rangers are coming off a horrid campaign, missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. The team is now in the midst of a rebuilding process, with eyes on the team’s plethora of picks in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Lundqvist appeared in 63 games for the Blueshirts last season, going 26-26-7 with a 2.98 GAA and two shutouts. That 2.98 mark was his highest Goals Against Average over his 13-year career with the Blueshirts.

It also marked the first time, aside from the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, that he failed to reach the 30-win mark.

He is expected to participate in New York Rangers training camp when it begins in September.

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