WASHINGTON -- New York Rangers forward Ryane Clowe left Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals on Friday midway through the first period and did not return.
Clowe played one shift after he was boarded by Capitals forward Jason Chimera 4:40 into the first period. Clowe played three shifts totaling 1:55 before leaving. The Rangers gave no details about the injury or his status for Game 6 on Sunday night.
Clowe missed the first three games of the series and the last game of the regular season with an undisclosed injury.
He played 12:19 and had an assist in Game 4 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
The Capitals beat the Rangers 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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