Ryan McDonagh misses third straight game with an injured left shoulder

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Vancouver Canucks center

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Vancouver Canucks center Jordan Schroeder fall over Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Credit: AP / Jonathan Hayward)

The odds are 50-50 that Ryan McDonagh, who missed his third straight game Tuesday night with an injured left shoulder, will play before the playoffs begin next week, coach Alain Vigneault said.

"He's going to have to be 100 percent, which he should be," Vigneault said after McDonagh skated with a half-dozen teammates Tuesday morning.

McDonagh, who was checked high and late by Canucks forward Alex Burrows on April 1, would first need contact in practice. McDonagh, who has said he'd like to play before the postseason begins, might be available for Saturday's season finale in Montreal.

Chris Kreider, who had surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand March 28, skated while using only his right hand on his stick; the other has a soft cast. He is not expected to play before the playoffs, and could miss the first round.

 

Zuccarello wins award

The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, based on a fan vote, was presented to Mats Zuccarello. The award, given since 1987-88, is named in honor of paralyzed New York City police officer Steven McDonald, who presented the award. Ryan Callahan had won four of the last five seasons.

 

Staal: Good Guy

Marc Staal received the John Halligan Good Guy Award from the New York chapter of the PHWA for being accessible and cooperative with the media.

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