Gaborik fights; Girardi Correct Not To.

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first:  The Rangers would have gotten beaten by the Flyers even if the extracurriculars did not occur.  They were flat and listless.  Their carry-the-puck into the zone clearly does not work against attacking teams (which they were supposed to be…but I digress…) and they are too small (unwilling?) to dump-and-chase.  Not a good combo.  But now on to the main event (well, main events) from last night…

Carcillo’s act to intentionally fight Gaborik (he basically said it was when he said he wanted a piece of Gaborik) is bush league.  There used to be honor among fighters.  As much as I despise Brashear, at least he has that.  He wouldn’t pick a fight with Briere.  Carcillois a punk that will be a marked man in the NHL for a while (even if Gaborik technically dropped them first — clearly in self-defense).  Not many people  — outside Philly and Cherry Hill — disagree with this.  What I take issue with is Tortorella’s, Sam and Joe’s, and many others’ pronouncement that Girardi was wrong for not jumping into the fight.  Complete BS.  Now maybe he could have gotten involved when Gaborik and Carcillo were pushing along the boards.  But I saw no replay of where he was when this was happening.  Once the fight started (i.e., gloves off and punches thrown) he has to step down.  If he doesn’t he’s third man in and receives an automatic game misconduct, plus putting the team down a man for 2 minutes.  At least.  It needs to be remembered that the Rangers already were a man down for Dubinsky’s penalty (really, they called that after calling nothing in the first?), it was a 1-0 game with more than 30 minutes left.  But perhaps most importantly, the Flyers have 2 top lines.  Girardi is one of our top 4 defenseman.  We couldn’t afford to lose him.  Besides, no one would fault Gaborik for going cocoon and basically dropping to the ice in a ball and not fighting.  This was like Tyson v. Tatyana Ali.  Not even.  He clearly was worried about his teammate.  He just didn’t want to hurt the team more.  It is wrong to call Girardi out for playing smart.

Random other note from the game:   It was mentioned in passing that the Calgary Flames, including its GM, have been scouting the Rangers live the last two games.  Any thoughts on trades?  (We don;t play them soon, so it’s not advance scouting.)  Rene Bourque?  Olli Jokinen?  Maybe getting Dawes back, haha.  Or maybe, hopefully, given that Calgary is in the middle of the pack out west, they are looking to take on a veteran for young talent/draft picks.

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Tags: Calgary Flames Dan Girardi Daniel Carcillo Donald Brashear John Tortorella Marian Gaborik Philadelphia Flyers

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