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Ryan McDonagh returns for Rangers

April 2, 2016: New York Rangers Defenceman Ryan McDonagh (27) [6209] works the puck in the Sabers zone during an Eastern Conference match-up between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)
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The New York Rangers have been without captain Ryan McDonagh for their first two games of the 2016 postseason, but he’ll return on Tuesday as the Rangers look to pull ahead in game three of their best-of-seven series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McDonagh, who finished the 2015-16 regular season with nine goals and 34 points through 73 games played before getting injured twice in rapid succession, will draw back into the lineup in the place of Dylan McIlrath when the team sees the puck drop in a few minutes:

Drafted 12th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007, McDonagh was dealt to the Rangers in 2009 as part of the deal that sent Scott Gomez to the Atlantic Division club. Since arriving in New York, he’s become an integral part of their blue line – so seeing him miss their first few games of the postseason due to a hand injury was a bit of a blow, especially after he sat out a handful of late season games for both the hand injury and a head injury.

The Penguins and the Rangers are currently tied 1-1 in their playoff series, as the two teams head to New York for a two-game series at Madison Square Garden before heading back to Pittsburgh for at least one more game. The Rangers didn’t mention any other major changes to their lineup prior to the game, although the Penguins did confirm that rookie goaltender Matt Murray will make his first postseason start.

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