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.
— Denis Gorman (@DenisGorman) May 10, 2013
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.