The New York Rangers
saw two of their key players, forward Marian Gaborik
and defenseman Michael Del Zotto
, leave in the first period of Friday night's game in Pittsburgh. Neither returned, though the Rangers went on to a 3-2 overtime win.
Gaborik, a 35-goal scorer who missed Wednesday's game against Nashville after sustaining a 21-stitch cut above his right knee at practice the day before, dressed and started the game, but labored through six shifts and 4:02 in the opening period before leaving. He did not return.
Del Zotto, a rookie defenseman who sees top-four minutes, was injured 2:30 into the game when he fell on the skate of Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin
and sustained what team officials termed “a significant laceration” to his abdomen and did not return.
“I thought maybe that just my ribs were bruised because I could feel the skate go there,” Del Zotto said after the game. “But I felt that I should take a check with my hand and I felt the blood and knew something was wrong.”
Despite losing both players, the Rangers won the game on Olli Jokinen
's overtime goal.