Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said Tuesday that McDonagh suffered a broken hand during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. The injury didn't cost McDonagh any time during the Lightning's run to its second straight Stanley Cup, as he played in the team's final 23 games and tallied eight points and 14 PIM. The veteran blueliner should be back to full health well in advance of the 2021-22 campaign.
McDonagh provided an assist and seven hits in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Canadiens in Game 5. McDonagh got the puck to David Savard, who then assisted Ross Colton on the game's only goal as the Lightning secured back-to-back Stanley Cup titles. The 32-year-old McDonagh produced eight assists, 23 shots on net, a plus-18 rating, 53 hits and 46 blocked shots in 23 playoff games. He's likely to remain a key part of the Lightning's defense heading into the 2021-22 campaign.
McDonagh recorded an assist, five hits and two PIM in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Panthers in Game 5. McDonagh has been solid at both ends of the ice in this first-round series. He's collected four assists, 12 hits, nine blocked shots and a plus-5 rating through five postseason contests. The 31-year-old defenseman continues to play a key role on defense, but he's shown the ability to chip in on offense with regularity.
McDonagh (upper body) provided two assists, two blocked shots, two shots on net and two PIM in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Panthers in Game 1. McDonagh had a shorthanded helper on Blake Coleman's opening tally in the first period. In the third, McDonagh set up Brayden Point's game-winner. The 31-year-old McDonagh had 12 points in 50 contests for the second straight regular season. He'll be more of a defensive presence in the top four, but the American blueliner could be a steady source of blocked shots and hits.
McDonagh (upper body) is expected back in the lineup for Game 1 versus Florida on Sunday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. McDonagh managed a mere one assist in his last 14 contests while adding 25 shots, 21 hits and 28 blocks while averaging 21:22 of ice time. While the defenseman won't offer much in the way of fantasy value given his limited offensive upside, he will provide some much-needed defensive stability to the Bolts' blue line.
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