NHL

Lightning lose defenceman, minutes-eater Ryan McDonagh for at least 2 weeks

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Ryan McDonagh is expected to be sidelined at least "a couple weeks" weeks with a lower-body injury, head coach Jon Cooper said Saturday.

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Ryan McDonagh, who has averaged 20 minutes 40 seconds of ice time this season on the Lightning blue-line, will be sidelined at least two weeks with a lower-body injury. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images/File)

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Ryan McDonagh is expected to be sidelined at least "a couple weeks" weeks with a lower-body injury, head coach Jon Cooper said Saturday.

Cooper said the injury is not season-ending for McDonagh, who was hurt while blocking a shot from Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin during the second period of the Lightning's 4-2 victory on Thursday.

The defenceman also missed six games in January with concussion-like symptoms.

McDonagh has recorded 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) and averaged 20 minutes 40 seconds of ice time in 48 games for the Lightning, who host the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The 30-year-old has collected 299 points (63 goals, 236 assists) and 272 penalty minutes in 660 career games with the New York Rangers and Lightning.

The Lightning recalled defenseman Cameron Gaunce from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Gaunce, 29, recorded four goals and 28 points in 47 games this season with the Crunch.

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