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.
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.
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.