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Rangers' McDonagh playing in Game 3

New York captain in lineup against Penguins; missed five games with hand injury

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is in the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

McDonagh missed the first two games of the series and five in a row with a right hand injury. The Rangers captain replaces Dylan McIlrath, who made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 2.

McDonagh's only full practice since the injury took place was Monday. He was taking slap shots without hesitation during an optional practice Tuesday morning at Madison Square Garden.

McDonagh was injured blocking a shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 4.

He has 34 points, including 26 assists, in 81 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has nine points in 23 playoff games against Pittsburgh. He had 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 73 games during the regular season.

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