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With Lundqvist hurt, Rangers recall Hellberg on emergency basis

Henrik Lundqvist

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, skates off the ice after an informal NHL hockey workout, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Greenburgh, NY. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


WASHINGTON (AP) 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.

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