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Ryan Lindgren Day-to-Day With Upper-Body Injury

The Rangers’ rugged defenseman left early in the team’s Thursday loss to the Bruins.

Boston Bruins v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Not only did the New York Rangers lose 5-2 to the red-hot Boston Bruins on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, but they also lost top-pairing defenseman Ryan Lindgren to an upper-body injury.

Just a few minutes into the first period, Lindgren laid out a hard hit on Bruins star David Pastrnak. Pastrnak retaliated with a late, blindside hit moments later, for which he received an interference penalty. Lindgren did play two more shifts after the hit, but then left midway through the first period and did not return.

After the game, Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant’s only update for the time being was that Lindgren is day-to-day.

The Rangers were already in a tough matchup against an excellent Bruins team, so going the majority of the game without one of their better blueliners surely had an adverse impact.

Further details should come to light soon, but hopefully Lindgren is OK and the Rangers will have him back soon. Otherwise, their lack of depth on the backend will rear its ugly head, as they could be looking at more minutes for Libor Hajek and/or a Ben Harpur call-up.