New York rangers, Libor Hajek
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New York Rangers defenseman Libor Hajek suffered a separated shoulder in Saturdays 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Frank Curto

The thrill over scoring your first NHL goal at Madison Square Garden hampered by a separated shoulder: that was how the game on Saturday went for New York Rangers defenseman Libor Hajek.

The Rangers announced that the rookie defense suffered the shoulder injury and will be lost for an undetermined length of time.

Hajek took a hard check from New Jersey Devils Blake Coleman midway through the third period on Saturday night. He was able to get back to the bench as the play continued, but then headed to the locker room and didn’t return for the remainder of the game.

The rookie was playing in his fourth game for the Rangers since being recalled from the Hartford Wolfpack.

The evening didn’t start out great for the Rangers as they trailed 2-0 to New Jersey, but Hajek contributed to the team’s comeback as he scored his first NHL goal to tie the game at 2-2 in the early in the third period.

Hajek took a cross-ice pass off of the stick from Chris Kreider, skated to the top of the right circle and beat Devils goalie Cory Schneider over the glove and just under the crossbar to send the Ranger fans at the Garden in a frenzy.

Hajek was named the third star of the game.

The Rangers will now head to the west coast for a four-game road trip beginning Monday night in Edmonton. The team will then face Vancouver, Calgary and Minnesota before returning tot he Garden on March 19 against the Detroit Red Wings.

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