Round One 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (vs. Montreal)
Girardi’s postseason experience was already mentioned, but his play in the first round of the 2017 playoffs against Montreal deserves to be recognized.
Girardi played inconsistent hockey throughout the regular season. And despite the criticism he faced, he stepped up in the first round against Montreal.
Girardi was a steady, reliable and even a physical complement to Ryan McDonagh in this series.
Girardi laid a huge hit on Andrew Shaw to ensure the Rangers possession of the puck coming out of the corner.
It is this physicality in important moments, alongside the solid positioning and smart puck movement that I would like to remember Girardi by. This is the type of player that Girardi is and will continue to be when it matters.