Andrew MacDonald injury: Islanders defenseman may have broken hand

Blocking shots is dangerous. - Bruce Bennett

If he's out for the postseason, it's a big loss in the New York Islanders' attempt to upset the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The New York Islanders earned a big win in Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but may have suffered a big loss: Andrew MacDonald left the game after taking a shot off the hand in the second period, and the earliest report is it may be a broken hand, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

The Islanders are officially calling it an "upper body" injury, the vague nomenclature of choice in the NHL.

MacDonald is a relative unknown among casual NHL fans, but he plays a key role for the Islanders and led them in ice time during the regular season. He partners with Travis Hamonic as the team's "shutdown" defensive pair, usually assigned to check the opposition's best players.

MacDonald left the game midway through the second period, ironically getting a penalty but heading to the locker room instead of the box. The call on the play was holding, but his holding arm appeared to block a shot with his hand.

The Islanders drew the series even at two apiece with a 6-4 win.

More in the NHL:

Complete Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage

Bet on these hot playoff teams

Our playoff predictions

The best of our hockey network

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.