Ryan McDonagh, Marcus Johansson

Ryan McDonagh might’ve set a Rangers record last night


Here’s what we know: By playing 53:21 in New York’s triple-overtime win against Washington on Wednesday, Ryan McDonagh logged the most ice time of any Ranger in 25 years.

Here’s what we’re trying to figure out: Where does McDonagh’s feat rank in Blueshirt history?

Onto the facts…

— Last night’s game was the fifth-longest in Rangers franchise history. The longest took place during the 1930 playoffs when the Blueshirts dropped a 2-1 decision to Montreal in quadruple overtime.

— There have been five other triple-OT games in Rangers history:

Apr. 29, 1971 — Rangers 3, Blackhawks 2
Apr. 2, 1939 — Bruins 2, Rangers 1
Mar. 21, 1939 — Bruins 2, Rangers 1
Mar. 27, 1938 — Americans 3, Rangers 2
Mar. 26, 1932 — Rangers 4, Canadiens 3

— McDonagh’s ice time per period went like this: 8:11 (first), 10:52 (second), 9:01 (third), 9:02 (first OT), 10:56 (second OT), 5:15 (third OT).

Now, as impressive as those numbers might be, it’s tough to figure if McDonagh played more than the high-minute Rangers of the 30s. Rosters were way smaller back then — exclusive of goaltenders, teams were allowed 12-15 skaters.

It wasn’t until 1952-53 that the league upped it to 16 (at home, that is — teams still had to dress 15 on the road.)

Today, that number is 23. (Note: This is the roster size, of course. Teams can only dress 18 skaters, two goalies.)

Still, you do have to consider the Rangers only played with five defensemen last night as Stu Bickel received just 3:24 of ice time. If you want to go even further, you could say the Rangers really played with four-and-a-half — Anton Stralman played just 28 minutes, less than all of the Caps defensemen (and Rangers defenseman not named Stu Bickel.)

If you’d like to continue this enthralling debate, feel free to inundate the comments section.

For now, I’m leaving it at this: Regardless if he set a record or not, what McDonagh did last night will forever be etched in Rangers lore.

Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

Matt Puempel, Alex Chiasson, Robin Lehner
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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.


‘Canes lose Wisniewski (lower body) 47 seconds into debut

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James Wisniewski‘s time as a Carolina Hurricane is off to a troubling start.

Wisniewski, acquired by the ‘Canes at this year’s draft, exited Thursday’s season-opener against Nashville early in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Shortly thereafter, the team ruled out his return.

Wisniewski, 31, was expected to play a fairly significant role on Carolina’s defense this year.

It’s unclear what the injury is or how severe it might be, but initial reports don’t sound good; Wisniewski appeared to be in significant pain and had to be helped off the ice.