Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Rangers Holding Breath after McDonagh Injured Blocking Shot

The Rangers clinched a playoff berth on Monday, but the news wasn't all good for the Blueshirts. The team's top defenceman and captain Ryan McDonagh was injured while blocking a Brandon Dubinsky shot during the Rangers 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Monday. McDonagh, who took the puck off of his right hand, skated for three shifts before leaving the game for good.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said that McDonagh would be re-evaluated on Tuesday, but didn't have any more information about the injury.

It has already been a difficult year for McDonagh on the injury front. He was knocked out of the lineup when he was sucker-punched by Wayne Simmonds on February 6th. He was then injured again when he suffered a head shot from Leo Komarov on February 19th in just his second game back from the concussion.

The Rangers clinched a post-season slot for the tenth time in the last eleven seasons, but still have work to do in order to avoid falling down in the standings. If the season ended today they would face the Penguins on the road to start the playoffs, but they are just three points behind Pittsburgh and each team has three games remaining.