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Rangers' Sammy Blais out for season with knee injury

Rangers left wing Sammy Blais is assisted off

Rangers left wing Sammy Blais is assisted off the ice by a trainer and Chris Kreider in the third period of an NHL game against the Devils at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Forward Sammy Blais was placed on injured reserve by the Rangers Tuesday and is finished for the season after he reportedly suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Devils. The team said Blais is expected to be out 6-8 months.

"Obviously he's done for the year,’’ Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. "Not good news for us. Disappointing. Tough. But you know, it happens. You’ve got to move on. So, there’s not much I can do. I just feel for the kid. It's a tough injury.’’

Blais was injured early in the third period Sunday when he went to the corner boards for a loose puck with Devils defenseman P.K. Subban. Subban’s skate appeared to clip Blais’ skate, and Blais went sliding feet first into the boards, with his right knee crashing into the boards in an awkward, unnatural fashion. He remained on the ice in pain for a moment, then was helped off to the locker room, unable to put any pressure on his right leg.

"It sucks,’’ Rangers forward Barclay Goodrow said of the news of Blais’ injury. "I feel horrible for the guy. He's been playing really well [and] he's a big part of this team. He's going to leave a big hole to fill, which will need to be done by the whole group. So I feel bad for him. And, you know, hopefully his recovery goes well.’’

Blais, 25, was acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Pavel Buchnevich trade over the summer. He was originally ticketed for the fourth line but played most of the season on the third line, and in his last three games, with third-line center Filip Chytil on injured reserve because of upper-body injury, Blais actually was moved up to the first line, with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. He filled the spot of Goodrow, who moved to play in Chytil’s spot.

Blais, who is in the final year of his contract and will be a restricted free agent next summer, had four assists and 17 penalty minutes in 14 games.

Center Greg McKegg was called up from AHL Hartford to take Blais’ spot on the 23-man roster.

Notes & quotes: Chytil was activated off IR and took Blais’ spot in the lineup. McKegg and D Jarred Tinordi were scratched

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