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Isles’ MacDonald out 6-8 weeks after hand surgery

May 10, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

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Barring a deep run, Andrew MacDonald‘s playoffs are done.

That was the story out of New York on Friday as Isles head coach Jack Capuano told reporters MacDonald underwent surgery on his left hand, and would be out 6-8 weeks.

MacDonald, 26, broke his hand during the third period of New York’s 6-4 win in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal against Pittsburgh. He was replaced by Radek Martinek in Game 5.

MacDonald was an integral component of New York’s success this year, appearing in all 48 regular season contests while racking up 12 points, averaging a team-high 23:31 per game.

In four postseason games, MacDonald was again averaging over 23 minutes per game but went scoreless, recording eight shots on goal.

The six-week timetable does leave a window of opportunity open for MacDonald to return if the Isles were able to get to the Eastern Conference final, or beyond.

  1. bcisleman - May 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Good news is that Frans Nielsen’s lower body injury apparently was not that serious and he will probably play Saturday night.

  2. source7769 - May 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    already read frans is out for sat game 6

  3. captainloaded - May 10, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    weird injury, he broke his stick over Craig Adams back then fell on top of him……

  4. csilojohnson - May 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Losing a guy that logs a lot of minutes is hard to replace. Especially Dmen. Pens felt it with Tanger and Martin out late regular season.
    Either way, I’m sure the crowd at the Coliseum will do a good job filling in for Mac (and Frans if he is really out). Should be a great game.

  5. frankiesweep - May 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Guess we’ll see him in the finals.

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