Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: NY Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky Doubtful for Game 3
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UPDATE: Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports that Brandon Dubinsky travelled with the team to Washington, but did not skate. John Tortorella has been tight-lipped about Dubinsky's status: “I’m not gonna give you updates on lineups or injuries, so let’s just move right by that."
Since Dubinsky travelled with the team but did not skate, it seems he is unlikely to play in Wednesday's Game 3. He could be ready to go by the time Game 4 rolls around on Saturday, however.
While Brian Boyle (concussion) practiced on Sunday and may return for the New York Rangers in Game 2, Brandon Dubinsky remains out with a lower-body injury and is doubtful for the next game against the Washington Capitals.
Dubinsky was eager to have a big playoffs to make up for a disappointing 2011-12 season in which he managed only 10 goals, but after suffering a leg injury in the Rangers' Game 7 victory over Ottawa in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Dubinsky is still unable to skate.
Following the Rangers' practice on Sunday, Dubinsky was seen "walking with crutches toward the training room" after media were allowed into the team's locker room.
Dubinsky was sorely missed in the Rangers' Game 2 loss to Ottawa, after being ejected for intervening in Matt Carkner's assault on Brian Boyle. Dubinsky also assisted on Dan Girardi's game-winning goal in Game 7.
The Rangers will take offense from wherever they can get it. They managed just 14 shots on goal in the Game 1 victory. Even in their Game 7 win against Ottawa, both goals came from defensemen. The team is putting a great deal of pressure on Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik to provide the bulk of the offense.
After scoring the game-winning goal in Game 6 against Ottawa, Kreider saw over 18 minutes of ice time in the Rangers' Game 7 win. The rookie continued his stellar play in Game 1 vs. Washington, breaking a 1-1 tie with a pretty goal in the third period and then assisting on another to give New York a 1-0 lead in the series.
Derek Stepan has seen more ice time with Dubinsky out and has played well in the playoffs so far, turning in a goal and four assists.
But the Rangers have to hope that Dubinsky returns soon, as their goal of winning the Stanley Cup is still 11 victories away. Henrik Lundqvist has played extremely well so far, but someone else will have to provide the offense.
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