New dad Ryan McDonagh finding old self on ice for Rangers

BY: Justin Tasch

Ryan McDonagh was all smiles Wednesday morning, and he had every reason to be.

The 27-year-old Rangers captain and his wife Kaylee welcomed their daughter Falan Erin to the world early Tuesday morning, the couple’s first child.

“A lot more responsibility now,” McDonagh, who didn’t practice Tuesday after the birth, said ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Red Wings. “She’ll be the first thing on my mind as soon as I step out of the rink. It’ll be really fun just to see her grow up.”

The timing couldn’t have been better for McDonagh. Immediately after showering following Monday’s 7-4 win over San Jose, the defenseman received word that his wife was going into labor and he quickly headed over to the hospital.

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“Six hours later (she) was here,” McDonagh said. “So everything went smoothly, everybody’s fine. So I’m pretty excited to say the least.”

It is a moment and future responsibility far more important than hockey, though that is how he will provide for his new daughter, and things couldn’t be going much better for McDonagh on the ice this month. After a season during which he never seemed like his best self, the captain has been a two-way force, dominating in his own zone while handling the puck with aplomb and effectively helping the attack. He had two assists in Monday night’s victory.

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