Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was hurt 1:50 into overtime Saturday when Boston's Andrew Ferrence ran him into the boards behind New York's net. Ferrence made no attempt to play the puck and instead chose to run the defenseless McDonagh, who was down on the ice for several minutes before finally skating off and heading to the dressing room with the team's trainer.
Ferrence received a five-minute charging major---which ultimately led to Marian Gaborik's game-winning goal---as well as a game misconduct.
McDonagh was not available to speak with the media following the game, and Rangers head coach John Tortorella said he was unsure of McDonagh's health status. The team did report later that McDonagh would be able to travel back to New York with the rest of the team Saturday night, and that there would be no further updates on his condition the remainder of the evening.
"It's one of the most dangerous hits I've seen in a while," Tortorella said. "Nothing has to be said as far as what should be done. It's a pretty easy call as far as I am concerned. I talked to (McDonagh) really quickly after the game, but I haven't talked to him since."
McDonagh crumpled to the ice after the hit, and was face-down for a while before being able to roll to his side and then get up on his knees. When he did arise he skated very gingerly off the ice hunched over at the waist.
"I was on the bench so I didn't see (the hit), but I'm sure it was nasty by the way the guys were talking about it," explained Gaborik. "Plus (Ferrence) got a game misconduct, but, no, I did not see it."
Ryan Callahan added, "Obviously from the result it looks pretty bad, so going into that power play you definitely want to make them pay and want to score that goal so that Mac's not taking that hit for nothing."