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Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh exits game with injury

McDonagh missed most of the third period against the Bruins after blocking a shot.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 10 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 10 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) [ DAVID ZALUBOWSKI | Associated Press ]
Published Mar. 25|Updated Mar. 26

BOSTON ― The status of Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh was uncertain Thursday night after he left Tampa Bay’s 3-2 loss to Boston in the third period after blocking a shot.

McDonagh blocked defenseman Brandon Carlo’s wrist shot from the slot 6:02 into the period. He skated off the ice and immediately went down the tunnel.

He returned briefly for a 24-second shift, but that was his only ice time in the final 13:58 of the game.

Coach Jon Cooper said after the game the team was waiting to learn more about the injury but “it didn’t look good.”

McDonagh had a team-high six blocked shots in the loss and leads the Lightning with 116.

McDonagh wasn’t the only Lightning player to get nicked up in the loss. Center Brayden Point skated off gingerly after a puck battle against the boards midway through the second period, but he returned for his next shift and finished the game.

Defenseman Victor Hedman hit the boards hard in the third period and was favoring his left leg just before David Pastrnak scored his second of three goals. Hedman also finished the game.

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