PITTSBURGH — Ryan Lindgren was sidelined for Saturday night’s 7-4 loss to the Penguins with an undisclosed lower-body damage, which he suffered in Recreation 1 of the Rangers’ first-round Stanley Cup playoff collection towards the Penguins and now has stored him out of Video games 2 and three.
It was that precise risk that prompted president and basic supervisor Chris Drury to accumulate veteran defenseman Justin Braun from the Flyers on the commerce deadline in change for a third-round decide in subsequent 12 months’s draft.
Braun provides the Rangers the protection web of an skilled participant to plug in on the again finish.
“It’s enormous,” stated Adam Fox, who has performed subsequent to Braun with Lindgren, his long-time defensive associate, out. “He’s a gentle presence, he performs a fairly easy sport. I feel he’s a fairly calm man, so I feel it helps everyone again there and never panicking or something like that.
“There’s going to be shifts in momentum all through the sport, however he has a variety of expertise taking part in a variety of large video games and it positively helps us out again there.”
In Recreation 2, Braun recorded one help, one shot on aim, two blocked photographs, three hits and a takeaway over 17:44 of ice time. On Saturday, Braun had a blocked shot over 16:40 of motion.
Fox has virtually solely performed with Lindgren throughout his three NHL seasons, however the reigning Norris Trophy winner has made it work subsequent to Braun. He famous that Braun does a great job of studying off him and that the 35-year-old’s easy taking part in type has been simple to regulate to.
Whereas there are numerous variations between the taking part in kinds of Braun and Lindgren, the technical aspect of the change is that the Braun is right-handed and Lindgren is left-handed.
“It didn’t appear to be final sport there was any challenges when it comes to the other handedness,” Fox stated. “[Braun] advised me on the blue line if he desires it in a sure spot earlier than the sport, so we talked about the place his sticks going to be and the whole lot like that. I feel when you’ve got two righties, you bought to speak just a little extra.
“If I get on the left aspect, if he desires to return again and be on the left the entire time or if I’m going to play the left on that shift. I feel it’s just a bit extra speaking when it comes to positioning. However apart from that, the handedness, I feel in case you’re making a move you’re wanting the place his stick is anyway.
“I feel simply the little issues within the D zone, speaking about it helps when it comes to positioning.”
The controversial calls simply preserve coming on this collection. Pittsburgh opened the scoring Saturday on one, when Brock McGinn chipped the puck up and over Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin whereas veteran defenseman Patrik Nemeth backed up and dislodged the web just below two minutes into the sport.
The preliminary name on the ice was no aim, nevertheless it went beneath overview and was overturned, with the NHL citing that “Nemeth triggered the web to be displaced from its moorings previous to the puck crossing the aim line.”
Nemeth was finally on the ice for 3 of the Penguins’ 5 objectives previous to their two empty-netters within the third interval.