Rangers don’t think Lundqvist’s eye injury is ‘too serious,’ rule out McDonagh for Game 2


Here’s the latest in the wake of New York’s disappointing 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series:

Per head coach Alain Vigneault, the club doesn’t think the eye injury that forced Henrik Lundqvist to exit last night’s tilt is very serious. There’s some swelling around the eye and Lundqvist will see a specialist, but today’s recall of Magnus Hellberg was mostly precautionary.

— Still, no word on Lundqvist’s status for Game 2.

— There is a Game 2 status update for captain Ryan McDonagh, who’s dealing with a hand injury. He’s  officially been ruled out of Saturday’s tilt. McDonagh hasn’t played since blocking a shot against Columbus on Apr. 5.

— If there’s a silver lining for the McDonagh situation, it’s that the early schedule for this series is pretty spaced out. There’s a two-day break between Games 1 and 2, and another two-day break between Games 2 and 3.

Vigneault is mulling a change on defense, which could see Dylan McIlrath make his Stanley Cup playoff debut.