Darroll Powe was missing from Rangers practice Monday afternoon, and rugged Brandon Mashinter was out on the ice practicing with the team for the first time after being recalled from the Connecticut Whale, both a result of Powe suffering a concussion in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Powe was hurt early in the second period after an accidental collision in the neutral zone with Washington's Matt Hendricks. The feisty Rangers forward appeared to see Hendricks at the last instant while skating full speed and attempted to jump over the Caps forward. The two collided and Powe appeared to hit his head on the ice.
After laying on the ice for a few minutes, Powe was helped to his feet and escorted off the ice in wobbly fashion by teammates Arron Asham and Derek Stepan.
"It was scary to see," Stepan said of the incident Monday after practice. "It shakes you up. He's become a big part of this team already in the six games he's been here. It was not easy to regroup and start playing again after seeing him hurt like that."
The Rangers placed Powe on Injured Reserve Monday morning. He will not return to the ice until medically cleared to do so.
"I missed him right away on the bench, especially protecting the lead," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of Powe. "I don't know how long he's going to be out, but he's helped here. He doesn't have the stats, but it's not always about stats. He's done a lot of good things in his role."
An aggressive forechecker who is also responsible defensively and is a key penalty killer, Powe has been held scoreless in 14 games this season---eight with Minnesota and six with New York.
To fill some of the void left by Powe's absence, the Rangers recalled the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Mashinter from the Whale, where he scored a goal last night helping Connecticut win its fifth straight game. Since being acquired from the San Jose Sharks organization, the 24 year-old Mashinter has played extremely well with the Whale, scoring five goals, totaling 11 points, and accumulating 23 penalty minutes in 14 games this season.
"We just finished three games in three nights this weekend when I got the call about 9:00 last night," explained Mashinter. "I am a little tired today, to say the least, but I am here ready to do whatever they ask me to do."
Tortorella said after practice that he "has been interested to look at Mashinter...he's an interesting one to me", but the coach would not commit to a definite lineup for Tuesday's home game against the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers also still have rookie Chris Kreider on the roster as an option. Kreider had been assigned to the Whale last Thursday, but was recalled after playing Friday night in Hartford as a precaution if Rick Nash was not healthy enough to play last night. Kreider was a healthy scratch as Nash was able to play against the Capitals.
"A number of things come into play" in deciding if Kreider or Mashinter would replace Powe in the lineup, according to Tortorella. "Who you're playing against, where you're playing, the process for players. A lot of things come into play."
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