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Report: Isles’ defenseman MacDonald has broken hand

May 7, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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The Islanders’ 5-3 win over the Penguins may have come at a costly price for their defense.

Arthur Staple of Newsday reports blue liner Andrew MacDonald broke his hand in the third period of tonight’s game and may be done for the remainder of the playoffs. MacDonald’s final shift of the game saw him take a penalty for holding but rather than going to the box, he headed to the locker room and did not return.

New York’s defense cannot afford to lose a guy like MacDonald as the bulk of their minutes are being played by Lubomir Visnovsky, Mark Streit, and Travis Hamonic. Brian Strait has played well at times, penalties aside, but MacDonald is too important to lose.

Pittsburgh hasn’t had trouble scoring on the Islanders in this series and losing an important player on the blue line won’t do anything to help that.

  1. bcisleman - May 7, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    6-4, Joe, but who’s counting!? Guessing we will see Hickey. Isles found a way to keep Pens off the board after AMac left and Hickey has been good for the Isles…so it may not be all that big a blow. Isles will just have to suck it up and get it done.

  2. 19to77 - May 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    From the tone of the articles on this site, you’d think the Pens had dominated the Isles all series. They’re tied, people, and the Isles have filled the net just as easily. But don’t let silly little things like facts stop you from fellating them.

    • bgrillz - May 8, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      If MAF was even playing halfway decent, this would be a sweep for Pittsburgh. Nabakov has an .847 save percentage, and has allowed 16 goals in 4 games! And there has been very few “soft” goals scored on him. Fleury has allowed how many soft goals? It’s a 2-2 series, but don’t act like the Isles have thoroughly dominated anything. The saying goes…sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        agreed, islanders have seen fleury score on himself 3 times now in this series, game 2 i think only one went in off an islander stick and that was matt martin’s goal. if vokoun is in and macdonald out = trouble for islanders….hickey sucks bcislesman and you know it. he was bad in game 1 thats why carkner came in

      • Ben Cerow - May 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        The Islanders have looked better in the majority of play in the series. They’ve had more scoring opportunities, they’ve played with a higher energy level and have been the better team 5-on-5. Pittsburgh has looked much better on special teams than the Islanders.

        IF Fleury was playing at an average level (which he’s not…so who really cares), there’s no way this would be a sweep. The Islanders would have still won some of these games. It’s better to be lucky than good? Bgillz, it’s just time to admit that the Islanders are a good team. It takes nothing away from the Penguins, but you have to give the Islanders at least SOME credit for creating scoring chances and playing with energy – it’s not all ‘Fleury is bad and the Isles are getting lucky’ here. Again – the Islanders are a good team and they’re taking Pittsburgh to the limit.

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        if you’ve watched the games you would know what he was talking about. 2 goals went in off defensemen (martin game 2, murray game 4), and i’ve counted 5 goals from behind the net on bounces off the boards (3 of which were in game 2) or off the back of fleury (game 2 and game 4). pens have had no such puck luck, they’ve beaten nabokov cleanly except for last night getting a break off dupuis’ pants leg. if fleury makes half the saves on those 7 goals i just mentioned, the series wouldve been over already as 2 of them were game winners, thats a fact.

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        its solely on fleury’s shoulders is my point, unless there’s a catostrophic collapse they have a much better chance of winning with vokoun as they have been the better team throughout. better pk, better pp, better on the faceoff dot, outscoring in the series – even in goaltending they are better overall – nabokov is a 4.46 and .846%. fleury is a 3.40 and .896 but has lost games due to bad own goals. if fleury has played half decent or even at his regular season level this was over last night – nabokov has been terrible too.

      • Ben Cerow - May 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        I’ve watched the games, just like you have, so I’m not sure why you would assume I didn’t. All I’m saying is you need to give the Islanders some credit. All you’ve been saying is Fleury has been bad and the Islanders have been lucky.

        The Islanders have out-shot the Pens, out-hit the Pens, have more takeaways and have less giveaways. Were some of the goals ‘soft’? Yup. Has Fleury played poorly? Yup. But you need to give the other team some credit here, the eight seed is playing every bit as well as the one seed. JUST ADMIT THE ISLANDERS ARE A GOOD TEAM! THAT’S ALL!!

  3. girouxed - May 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Everyones like euphoric that the islanders won…

    the dirty birds get all the calls and have all those weapons.

    Its not over yet

  4. mclovinhockey - May 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Don’t count the isles out but this is a big blow

  5. islesjb - May 8, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    I thought Hickey should have been playing over Carkner this whole time anyway- hopefully he can step up. He”s young and inexperienced but he was solid for the most part during the regular season and is a former 4th overall pick.

    Losing AMac is a blow but its not nearly as crushing as this dude made it out to be.

  6. valoisvipers - May 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    More often then not the winner of game 5 wins the series.

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 8, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      Last Year:

      Ottawa won game 5, Rangers won the series.
      Panthers won game 5, New Jersey won the series.
      Penguins won game 5, Philly won the series.
      Chicago won game 5, Phoenix won the series.

      Pretty much the same thing happened in 2011 and 2010. About 50/50.

      Don’t just make up facts……

  7. yousuxxors - May 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    keep finding excuses for the penguins having no heart.

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