Senators goalie Matt Murray going on IR after accidental knee to head from Rangers Chris Kreider

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Oct 23, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Matt Murray (30) is escorted off the ice after taking a knee to the head from New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20-not pictured) in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators are placing goalie Matt Murray on injured reserve after he suffered head and neck injuries in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the visiting New York Rangers.

Murray, 27, was inadvertently kneed in the head by the Rangers’ Chris Kreider. He is expected to miss the Senators’ next two games — at home against the Washington Capitals on Monday and at the Dallas Stars on Friday.

“He’ll go on IR today,” Sens coach DJ Smith said. “Obviously Kreider hit him there in the crease..he was unable to continue.”

In addition to revealing Murray’s status, Smith added that rookie center Shane Pinto is expected to miss one to two weeks with an upper-body injury he suffered in Thursday’s 2-1 home loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Pinto, 20, who has one assist in four games this season, missed Saturday’s loss to the Rangers.

In two games this season, Murray is 0-1-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. The Senators recalled Filip Gustavsson from AHL Belleville to serve as their No. 2 goalie behind Anton Forsberg while Murray is out.

–Field Level Media