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Lightning lose to Rangers but clinch playoff berth

Stepan, Kreider score for New York; Tampa Bay advances to third straight postseason

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- At least the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched a berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday because everything else that happened throughout the day felt like bad news.

The Lightning blew a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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Analysis: Rangers could struggle without McDonagh

Rookie Skjei, veteran Yandle must pick up slack if injured captain isn't ready for playoffs

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Besides goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Ryan McDonagh is the one player the New York Rangers can't afford to lose for any length of time. He's their captain, their ice-time leader, an all-situations player, and their best defenseman.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, losing McDonagh for at least the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs might be their reality. McDonagh is out indefinitely with a hand injury he sustained blocking a shot Monday.

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Hedman, Callahan could be sidelined until playoffs

Injured defenseman, forward are considered day-to-day

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Lightning might be without defenseman Victor Hedman and forward Ryan Callahan for the two games remaining in the regular season.

Hedman and Callahan were scratched from a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Hedman has an upper-body injury, and Callahan has a lower-body injury. Each is considered day-to-day.

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McDonagh out indefinitely with hand injury

Rangers captain blocked shot against Columbus on Monday

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh is out indefinitely with a hand injury he sustained Monday. He missed New York's 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday and will not play in the final two games of the regular season either.

In addition, it's possible the Rangers will be without defenseman Dan Girardi, who sustained an injury when he got hit into the end boards by Lightning forward Brian Boyle with 1:08 remaining in the third period. Girardi needed assistance leaving off the ice.

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Rangers' McDonagh may be out against Lightning

New York defenseman injured Monday vs. Blue Jackets; Tampa Bay can clinch playoff berth with a point

by Sean McCullen @McBrooklyn77 / Staff Writer

LIGHTNING (45-29-5) at RANGERS (44-26-9)

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SNO, SNP

Season series: The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers have split two games, with each winning on the road. Dominic Moore has two goals and an assist to lead New York. Anton Stralman and Valtteri Filppula each has a goal and an assist, and Nikita Kucherov has two assists for Tampa Bay.

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