Rangers ‘warrior’ Ryan Lindgren continues to struggle with injuries

RALEIGH, NC — Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren is struggling with the same lower body injury that sidelined him three games in the first round of the playoffs, and it’s not going away.

It’s something head coach Gerard Gallant and the rest of the Rangers coaching staff will have to oversee for the remainder of their postseason.

“That’s it,” Gallant said. “That will last until the end of the playoffs.”

While playing through the nagging injury, Lindgren also took a puck in the face and had to retreat to the locker room in Rangers’ 2-0 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2 on Friday night at the PNC Arena. Shortly after, he came right back into the game and didn’t seem to miss a single shift.

Lindgren finished the game with three shots on target, four blocked shots and one goal.

Hockey players have a reputation for being insanely tough, but Lindgren gives the word a whole new meaning. Since joining the NHL in 2018-19, Lindgren has never been without bruises, stitches or bleeding after games. That’s exactly the kind of player he is.

Ryan Lindgren
Ryan Lindgren continues to struggle with an ongoing lower body injury.
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“He’s a warrior, that’s all he is,” Ryan Reaves said of Lindgren. “He’s obviously a little uncomfortable, but you can’t take him off the ice, especially in a playoff series. He’s a great player for us. Obviously huge on kills and only on key defense times. He’s really big for us, so hats off, he grinds.”

In the series opener of Rangers’ second-round matchup against the Hurricanes on Wednesday, Lindgren went into the dressing room in the first half with about eight minutes remaining before coming back out at the start of the second and ending the rest of their eventual 2-1 loss in the extension.

The Rangers fell 3-1 down the lineup in their first-round series against the Penguins without Lindgren. When he returned, Rangers rallied from behind in three straight games to progress. While not an attacking defender, Lindgren plays an important role in Rangers’ physical presence and their backend in general alongside his longtime D partner Adam Fox.

“Just leadership, his character,” Gallant said of what Lindgren has shown in these playoffs. “He wants to play. He has to fight and that’s it, it’s playoff time and it’s hard to keep these guys out. We don’t want him out. He’s obviously a big reason we made it to the second round to have.”

Due to the uncertainty surrounding Lindgren, Gallant and the rest of the coaching staff had to consider going with 11 forwards and seven defenders. Rangers have done it before in this playoff, in Lindgren’s first game of Game 5, to ensure they don’t get caught with just five defenders.

“We think about that every day,” Gallant said. “It’s not the perfect set-up, but we’ll think about it until game time.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/21/rangers-warrior-ryan-lindgren-continuing-to-battle-injuries/ Rangers ‘warrior’ Ryan Lindgren continues to struggle with injuries

JOE HERNANDEZ

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