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Rangers' Derek Stepan injured, doesn't play third period

Derek Stepan of the Rangers looks on during

Derek Stepan of the Rangers looks on during the game against the Montreal Canadiens during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 27, 2014 in Montreal. Credit: Getty Images / Francois Laplante

The Rangers' No. 1 center, Derek Stepan, who was sidelined for the first 12 games of the season with a broken fibula, could miss some more time.

Stepan, who has six goals and 21 points in 28 games, was slashed on the right arm or hand in the first period Tuesday night by Matt Martin (no penalty was called) and played just 2:22 in the second, mostly watching from the bench, and did not return for the third.

Coach Alain Vigneault declined to specify the injury, and would only term it "upper-body."

Boyle-Clutterbuck scrum

The game ended in a scrum, with Dan Boyle snapping Cal Clutterbuck's head back with a punch.

"He swung and missed first," said Boyle, who was playing with a broken nose suffered in the San Jose game Saturday. Clutterbuck didn't receive a penalty, but Boyle, Jesper Fast and Travis Hamonic, who was wrestling with Fast, received two-minute roughing penalties.

Hagelin suffers cut

Carl Hagelin was accidentally cut behind the right knee by Johnny Boychuk's skate in the first period, but returned and played a total of 14:17. "I'm fine, didn't affect me," he said.

Rangers hit the road

Henrik Lundqvist said he wanted to play in the third period, "but it wasn't my call. We have a couple big games coming up here." The Rangers, who are 14-9-1 on the road, play at Boston Thursday night, and travel for the second game of a back-to-back in Columbus on Friday, where they lost 5-2 in the second game of the season. On Sunday, they visit Pittsburgh for a matinee.

Blue notes

Mats Zuccarello led the Rangers with four shots . . . Tanner Glass (sixth straight) and Matt Hunwick (fourth) were healthy scratches . . . There was no word on whether Lundqvist would be invited to the All-Star Game in Columbus to sub for Detroit's Jimmy Howard, who is injured.

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