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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 17:   Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on December 17, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 3-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Ryan McDonagh.

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There Is Good News About Ryan McDonagh

There's always something bittersweet, in any sport, about watching a team celebrate a win in a game that saw a player go down with an injury. Even when it's the type of injury in which the player is able to leave the game on his own power, concerns over the ramifications of a potential injury can overshadow the short-term glee. We bring this up, of course, because Marian Gaborik's overtime win against the Bruins Saturday came just minutes after Ryan McDonagh left the game following a suspendable hit by Andrew Ference. (Ference would get a five-minute charging major, and the Rangers scored a power play goal to win the game. For Rangers fans unfamiliar with the term, scoring a "power play goal" is this thing teams sometimes do when the opponent is down a man. They're scheduled to score another in two weeks, so keep an eye out.)

Anyway, two days after the Rangers' victory in the highly anticipated game in Boston — the first of four these teams will play this season — there's good news about McDonagh: He practiced today, and via the Daily News, he says he feels "good," explaining that he laid on the ice as long as he did because got the wind knocked out of him. From the News's Blueshirts Blog:

On whether he hurt his neck: “Maybe just a little bit of whiplash. I didn’t go face-first or head hitting the boards or anything like that, nothing happened. I think because I fell fast, it happened, and it kind of whiplashes a little bit. But it’s nothing serious, which is really fortunate.”

Unfortunately, however, the update on fellow defenseman Michael Sauer wasn't as encouraging. Sauer has been out since December 5 with a concussion, and though he skated last week, he's suffered a setback. Here's John Tortorella, also via Pat Leonard of the News: "He hasn’t really felt that great after a few days on the ice, so [Rangers trainer Jim Ramsey has] backed him off and he’s going to go about his business with him. So I’m just waiting for a yes or a no, and right now it’s a no."

The Rangers play their last game before the All-Star break tomorrow night, against Winnipeg at the Garden.

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