Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Malik out after aggravating shoulder injury
NEW YORK -- Marek Malik joined the growing list of injured
New York Rangers defensemen Tuesday, aggravating a shoulder injury
that sidelined him five games last month.
Malik was hurt when he reached for a puck during the Rangers'
morning skate in advance of their game Tuesday night against the
New York Islanders. Officially the team is calling it an upper body
He missed the game as did other top defensemen Darius
Kasparaitis and Tom Poti. Kasparaitis sat out for the 10th time in
11 contests due to a groin injury. Poti has been sidelined two
games by an undisclosed upper body injury.
New York recalled 21-year-old defenseman David Liffiton from
Hartford of the AHL on Tuesday and put him right in the lineup
against the Islanders for his NHL debut.
Kasparaitis seems to be close to returning as he skated Tuesday
morning with his teammates. But No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist was
not on the ice, and was scratched for the fifth consecutive game.
Kevin Weekes got the start in goal and was backed up by Chris
Holt, who has just one game of NHL experience.
New York was also without forwards Martin Rucinsky (broken
finger) and Steve Rucchin (broken foot).