Ryan Lindgren exits with upper body injury in Rangers’ loss

The Rangers had already received disappointing news on Friday morning when Filip Sitil suffered a setback in his bid to return from a suspected concussion, but defenseman Ryan was injured in the first period of a 5-2 loss to the Rangers. – Lindgren was also lost to an undisclosed upper body injury. Golden Knights of the Garden.

“It just puts a little strain on the 'D'. And it's tough to lose that player, that type of player,” Peter Laviolette said after the game. “I think it’s tough, but when you get into that five-round rotation, [defensemen]This will result in a double shift.

“Maybe about five minutes into the game, we were down to five points, and then during the second period and third quarter, we had a lot of minutes with two defenses. And they skated big. It's a strong team.”

Lindgren and longtime blueline partner Adam Fox were split up at the start of the game, with Lindgren moving to a combination with Braden Schneider.

Ryan Lindgren left the game with an upper-body injury during the first period of the Rangers' 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights. Getty Images

However, the Rangers had to replace five defensemen after Lindgren was sent off eight minutes into the first period after being checked by Keegan Kolesar.

Nick Bonino will be able to enjoy an All-Star break before reporting to the minor leagues for the first time in over a decade.

The veteran center was granted waivers Friday and was assigned by the Rangers to AHL Hartford, but officials said the Rangers are not obligating the 35-year-old Bonino to immediately report to the Wolfpack.

The 15-year NHL veteran signed a one-year contract worth $800,000 with the Rangers in July, but has not played in a minor league game since the 2011-12 season.

The NHL All-Star break begins for the Rangers after Saturday's game in Ottawa.

With 1:05 remaining, Kaapo Kakko scored on a pull from Igor Shesterkin to tie the Rangers within 4-2 and score his fourth goal in 27 games this season.

“Actually, I thought Capo had a strong game in the last game. I thought he was outstanding in San Jose as well. Maybe the goal will give him some momentum,” Laviolette said.

Center Jake Lecishin was recalled from Hartford earlier this week, but he was hurt enough for Friday's game.