The Rangers are suddenly looking very much like a playoff team and a dangerous team on home ice.

That, of course, is contingent on Henrik Lundqvist being able to play.

The franchise goalie hurt his neck in a collision with Benoit Pouliot late in the third period of the Rangers' 6-3 win over the Canadiens Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers scored five times in the first period, including three goals within 1:07.

"It's going to be stiff for a few days," said Lundqvist, who stopped 22 shots as he made his 16th straight start. "The question is whether I can turn my head enough to play on Sunday [in Pittsburgh]."