Rangers are unlikely to have Barclay Goodrow for the remainder of the series

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Rangers may miss Barclay Goodrow for a while.

The official designation for Goodrow, who is out with a lower body injury believed to have been sustained in Game 1 of the first round playoff series in a blocked shot, is week to week. But Goodrow likely won’t travel to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4 and likely won’t return in the first round, Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said Friday.

“He’s an important piece,” Gallant said. “There’s no doubt we’ll have a hard time replacing him, but that’s what hockey is all about. Someone got in. [Dryden Hunt] jumped in last night and played a really solid game. Go ahead for the guys that are coming in, do the job and work hard. They’re also missing some key players, that’s what hockey is about.”

When the Rangers added Goodrow last offseason, the 29-year-old’s playoff experience was one of the driving factors. He played a key role in Lightning’s title runs in 2020 and 2021, and at Rangers he’s filled the role they added him for.

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But that doesn’t detract from his absence during the most important time of the year.

“I think you know what he brings to our team,” Gallant said. “We will miss him in all these places. He can play anywhere, in any position. Character type, leader type. He was in our group, he will still be in our group. Hopefully we’ll get him back sooner or later, but it’s going to take a while.”

Hunt, who was a healthy scratch in Game 1, got in the fourth line in Game 2 and played 10:28 with three hits. Presumably he will occupy the same seat for Game 3.

“He’s obviously a big player for us, we’re going to miss him,” Jacob Trouba said of Goodrow. “But we love the depth of our team.”

Ryan Lindgren remains a game decider for Saturday.

Tyler Motte has skated and could play in the series, but Gallant wasn’t sure if he would travel for Game 3.

Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith underwent core muscle surgery and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs. With Tristan Jarry yet to skate, Rangers will likely be seeing Louis Domingue on the net for the foreseeable future.

Pittsburgh’s Jason Zucker attended optional practice Friday after missing the first two games of the series. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters Zucker will be a game-time decision for Game 3. Brian Dumoulin and Rickard Rakell are both back for the day after missing Game 2.

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