Lundqvist on medication for severe migraines

Updated: September 13, 2006, 1:44 PM ET
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After making an impressive start, Henrik Lundqvist was a different goaltender for the New York Rangers during the second half of their season.

Henrik Lundqvist
Lundqvist

Lundqvist, who posted a 2.24 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in 53 regular-season games, dropped to a 4.40 GAA and an .835 save percentage in the playoffs. The Blueshirts were swept in the first round by the New Jersey Devils.

The reason? We all knew about his hip flexor injury, but was there something else? It might have been migraines.

The Rangers goalie revealed to local reporters Tuesday that he suffered from severe migraines upon his return from the hip ailment he suffered in mid-March.

"I'd wake up in the morning with [migraines]. They got better during the day but never completely went away. My whole face was tender," Lundqvist was quoted as saying to local reporters. "I had them the whole summer, too, until the last couple of weeks. But now, after taking tests, I'm on medication. The doctors found that they were caused by me grinding my teeth overnight when I slept."

Lundqvist and doctors speculated that he might have been grinding his teeth because of tension.

When the headaches continued in June, he contacted the team from Sweden. Lundqvist is now taking muscle relaxers and wears a retainer at night.

Said Lundqvist: "The situation is getting better each day."