NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter, still troubled by a knee injury, missed his second straight game Tuesday night and fifth since the All-Star break.
Richter, one victory away from 250 in his career, sprained his left knee during the NHL skills competition during All-Star weekend. He has played twice for New York since then.
Kirk McLean started in goal Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jean-Francois Labbe was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League as the backup.
Richter, 33, is 19-22-7 with a 2.64 goals-against-average this season for the Rangers, who entered play Tuesday on a three-game losing streak and winless in five (0-4-1).
The Rangers also announced that forward Darren Langdon will undergo surgery on Wednesday to correct an abdominal strain that has sidelined him for 24 games.
Langdon, 29, has one assist and 26 penalty minutes in 21 games. He will be sidelined indefinitely.