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Rangers place goalie Weekes on injured reserve

NEW YORK -- A freak injury has landed New York Rangers
goaltender Kevin Weekes on injured reserve.

The Rangers on Wednesday placed Weekes on IR, retroactive to
last Friday, with a bruised right ankle.

Weekes, who is 7-4-1 with a 2.79 goals-against average and an
.898 save percentage in 12 games this season, suffered the
injury last Thursday in the third period of a 6-3 win at
Atlanta. Weekes stopped 16-of-19 shots before New York
defenseman Marek Malik nudged Atlanta's J.P. Vigier into the
net, forcing it to fall and catch on Weekes' skate.

Rookie Henrik Lundqvist replaced Weekes in that game and then
won the longest shootout in NHL history, stopping 12-of-15 shots
in the shootout, as the Rangers posted a 3-2 victory over the
Washington Capitals last Saturday.

Weekes will be eligible to play again this Saturday when the
Rangers visit the Washington Capitals.

Also Wednesday, the Rangers announced that right wing Jed
Ortmeyer has been granted non-roster status by the NHL due to
family obligations and will be eligible to play on Saturday.

Both Ortmeyer and Weekes will have to miss Thursday's game
against the Pittsburgh Penguins.