Last night’s loss was a lot worse than the scoreline on so many levels. I was expecting a loss going into the game, but this was a huge loss on such a different magnitude.
First off, the Rangers now have lost two of their best defenseman in Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh indefinitely. While Girardi’s X-Rays came back negative, he can still have a bone bruise which can be just as bad. McDonagh on the other hand may have a concussion.
McDonagh was hit by Max Pacioretty (see the picture to the right) and he didn’t return to the game. What a jerk Pacioretty is. The guy jumped 2 feet in the air and hit McDonagh in the numbers into the glass. Yes this is the same Max Pacioretty that almost had his career ended by Zdeno Chara a couple years back. You’d think he’d have some compassion towards players who are in vulnerable positions.
I’m not a fan of goons in hockey, but something had to be done last night. Someone had to make a stand against Pacioretty. Someone had to jump him or another player on their team and make a statement. Sure last night’s lineup wasn’t the most physical lineup the Rangers ever iced, but Mashinter, Boyle, or Bickel should have done something. Seriously, stand up for your teammates. Last night’s game was the first in which I really missed Brandon Prust. I know he would have done something.
By the way, Pacioretty wasn’t suspended of fined for his hit on McDonagh. That’s pretty absurd. What a terrible decision.
Another question I have is, where is the offense? Ok so the team didn’t have Rick Nash again last night, but they still have primary scorers Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. They haven’t done anything in quite a while and need to get going otherwise this skid will continue. The Rangers iced an extremely offensive oriented team last night and had nothing to show for it. This needs to change.
The Rangers right now have six NHL defenseman. Staal, Bickel, Eminger, Del Zotto, Gilroy, and Stralman. Now with Girardi and McDonagh out indefinitely our defensive depth will be exposed. I seriously think the team should call up Dylan Mcilrath and just see what happens. It might not be a bad idea to see just how far away from the show he actually is. He might even provide some extra grit in the lineup.
We’ll see what happens in the coming days in terms of injuries, but last night’s loss might very well effect the rest of the season.
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