May 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald (47) moves the puck under pressure from Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Pascal Dupuis (9) during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald Out 6-8 Weeks Following Hand Surgery

We had previously learned that New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald had suffered a hand injury that was believed to be a broken hand and now that has been confirmed by the team. On Friday afternoon, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano shared the news with reporters.

Barring a very late postseason run, MacDonald is done for the year.

For a team that is already up against the ropes and facing elimination, it is a devastating loss.

MacDonald has been a big part of the team’s success and now they will have to reel off two-straight wins over the Penguins without him.

The only way that MacDonald will return to action is if New York is able to reach the Eastern Conference finals. At this point, that seems like a dream scenario that is highly unlikely.

The Islanders will attempt to extend their postseason on Saturday night at home against the Pens.

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