The New York Rangers clinched a playoff berth with their road victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday but may have suffered a costly loss as captain Ryan McDonagh exited the contest with an upper-body injury.
McDonagh appeared to injure his right arm while blocking a shot by former teammate Brandon Dubinsky with five minutes remaining in the first period. He finished the session but sat out the final 40 minutes, leaving New York with only five defensemen.
The 26-year-old McDonagh recorded one shot and blocked three while posting a plus-1 rating in 7 minutes, 9 seconds of ice time on 11 shifts. He has registered nine goals, 25 assists and a team-best plus-26 rating in 73 games this season.
Selected by Montreal with the 12th overall pick in the 2007 draft, McDonagh never suited up for the Canadiens as his rights were shipped to New York in a seven-player trade on June 30, 2009. He made his NHL debut with the Rangers in 2010-11, notching one goal and eight assists in 40 contests.
McDonagh enjoyed his best offensive season in 2013-14, recording career highs of 14 goals, 29 assists and 43 points in 77 games. He finished with a positive plus/minus rating in each of his first five campaigns, posting a personal-best plus-25 in 2011-12.
The 6-foot-1, 216-pound McDonagh has collected 43 goals and 127 assists in 389 regular-season games while amassing eight tallies and 34 points in 81 playoff contests. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he helped the United States win the silver medal at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship and also represented his country at the 2009 World Junior Championship, the 2011 World Championship and the 2014 Winter Olympics.