Scary scene last night as Henrik Lundqvist lay on the ice after being run over by Chris Kunitz...
During a timeout after this incident, Lundqvist was seen receiving a neck massage from trainer Jim Ramsey...
Here's Lundqvist on how he felt after the game (via New York Post)...
“I feel pretty good, it’s just a stiff neck. I expect it to be pretty sore and stiff [Thursday]. I’m just happy it wasn’t worse than that. I didn’t see him coming at all and it was a big collision.”
For Lundqvist full post game comments, click here.
...i get that the play happened in overtime and taking an instigator penalty negates the power play, but who cares? That's your franchise goaltender getting steamrolled by a Pittsburgh Penguin and the only response is a light push by Girardi?!?!?!?! Jesus, you'd think he would have learned from the Gaborik debacle. With the way Girardi has been playing this season he needed to retaliate there to get the fans back on his side as he's pushing Del Zotto for the biggest hole on defense right now. I guess I shouldn't complain, at least the Rangers went over to Kunitz after the play, which was something they didn't even bother doing to Lucic or Stuart after their concussion inducing hits on Nash.
...saw a lot of debate on Twitter about whether Kunitz should have been penalized or not. Are you kidding me?!?!?! When you drive to the net the way he did (hope the Rangers were taking notes) and make contact with the goaltender, you're going to get called every time. It's his responsibility to somehow get out of the way.
...and don't even get me started on how incredulous the NBCSN crew were after Kunitz received the penalty. I've never seen a national broadcast team so incensed with a call and go so far out of their way to dismiss it. Bias much?
...good to hear Hank has nothing more than a sore neck. I know he's struggled a bit this season, while Talbot has thrived, but if the Rangers have any chance of turning this around they're going to need Lundqvist.
yea i agree its a penalty.. only reason there was a question is cuz of the dickriding announcers.. they came up with excuses for every ranger goal... that wouldnt have been a goal in the old garden with the softer boards and now that they shortened the nets... they fuckin love the penguins on nbc... shit olcyk is a penguin for life and milbury is just an arrogant prick who thinks everything he says is fact... oh lundquist drifted off his angle and he tried to avoid hitting him... ok so if someone highsticks someone but he didnt mean to is it not a highstick.. u cant hit a goalie in the head in this league period unless ur severely pushed by a defensemen and even then they expect u to get out of the way... the attempt to get out of the way rule is only if ur pushed by a d man... if ur pushed and dont attempt to get out of the way its a penalty there just bias announcers
The Rangers needed to man up on this one. Teams have been starting to take more liberties with Hank the last year. They know the team is soft and running a teams goalie is one of the biggest signs of disrespect you have for a teams ability to play physical. It was worth losing the game in OT to send a message to the Pens and everyone else in the league that there are limits. In the long run losing the game with a physical statement protecting your goalie will result in more wins later as teams will be less likely to run Hank and he will have more room to work. Plus it would hopefully give this team something to rally around. It lets face it they sure as he'll didn't make them pay with that powerless play they got.
I used to get thrown outta games for going after dudes who took liberties on my goalie. I played D, and took pride in defending my goalie at all costs. Sad that the King doesn't get the same from his teammates. Fuckin Ranger Up!
The light push!!! Watch how 3 of the Rangers on the ice immediately turn to the Ref with their arms up screaming for a penalty......Are you F***king kidding me! I get it was Nash and Stefan on the ice and clearly they are not fighters but jesus christ! I've played in non-check roller hockey leagues U30 and when my goalie had been run into or someone even slashed him, I went ape shit. Didn't care how big and I'm not a big guy nor a fighter. One thing you learn in hockey is that your goalie is off limits and anyone who makes contact even if accidental gets run through. I've had it with this team and showing no fight at all!
Based on the replay, 1) Hank was definitely was outside his normal playing area, 2) Kunitz was trying to avoid Hank at the last second, 3) someone should have pummeled Kunitz anyway. Running over a goalie is a no-no, especially a hit as hard as that one.
Just keep repeating this everyone.......... We're just a .500 hockey team. It will help relieve the stress.
C'mon people, the Rangers handled this perfectly. It was overtime and we have a chance for a 4-3 PP to win the game. You get in the guys face, but you DO NOT take an even up penalty.
If it were the 1st period, I'm all for dropping the gloves, but we did the smart thing here.
Great decision to bench McIlarath. I agree, so what if you negate a power play in OT as long as you don't put your team short handed. I miss hockey on Broadway.
Well stated, Vincent. I was going to write something similar, but you already covered all of my points.
@TheNYRBlog Sather needs to trade Girardi, and Nash and bring in the right players. Id keep Cally for toughness and leadership
As much as I enjoy his defensive play (most of the time) Girardi never stands up for his teammates. He has stood by time and time again while guys have gone down - Gabby fighting Carcillo, Nash fighting, Hank getting knocked down. He's too pretty to fight or something, it's pathetic.
Ok then someone jumps him and the rangers don't get a PP. then we'd still all be pissed off. If it is a blatant attempt to take him out, fine. It wasn't and we know that. None of the rangers did anything wrong in that situation.
@TheNYRBlog Lets just face the facts that Nash was a disapointing trade and Gaborik was the right player for this style of play under AV
If a Ranger did this to Fluery, the announcers would yell "Oh he did this on purpose" and the refs would give him 5 minute major and a 4 game suspension
@TheNYRBlog The more i see Nash play the more i realize hes far from a scoring star. Hes just not a team leader and doesnt shoot enough
@TheNYRBlog Richards is paid less and is older and is leading this team. Maybe the real player we should consider trading is Nash not MDZ
@TheNYRBlog I say we all stop bitching about MDZ and the lack of toughness this team lacks and start shredding Nash apart.
@TheNYRBlog Lets focus on the real head scratcher of why last night D.Moore & Pouliot was in the shootout over Kreider and stepan ?
I don't have a problem with Girardi on that play. I think he understood Kunitz attempted to somewhat avoid Lundqvist and he also understood Lundqvist was partly responsible because he took himself out of position when he made the save. Because he was out of position and slightly out of the net you really can't fault an opposing player for going hard to the net, thats just good hard hockey. The contact in my opinion was more mere coincidental & not deliberate. I think Lundqvist made it seem worst then was. It was definitely not a penalty. He sold the call to get the penalty which is what I would've done. Bottom line, this team is just overall frustrating to watch especially when we lose to an AHL squad + Cindy.
Damn those PensBC are sure Biased, Kuntiz could of definitely avoided hitting Hank. When Hank went down, i thought it was all over. Thank god he's ok!
Random thoughts I had after seeing this lack of pride being in a rangers jersey
Girardi Stephan and McDonough all three of them did nothing while lundquist kicked his skates on the ice in pain, ha pussies. And Giradi has an A on his jersey, there is serious leadership problems on this team, either that or AV took all there balls before the season started. Av must have had a serious talk with this team and told them fighting or sticking up for each other is unextable. Or just maybe Sather is preparing for a no fight NHL
@TheNYRBlog Can't see the lack of toughness being addressed. Just not AVs style, unless he adapts his system to what he has to work with...
Noticed that also.....he was just standing there.....team makes us very disgusted this season......and Sather just sits back smoking his cigars while Dolan's band plays on....
@TheNYRBlog when does del zotto finally get rozsivaled???
I don't get the argument that because a Rangers player goes over to start a fight he automatically gets an instigator. I see plenty of times in other games teams standup for each other and it's five minutes for both guys. No additional penalty for the aggressor.
I am surprised that no one ever asks to be traded from this team. Nash destroyed twice, liberties taken on goalies and softer SO called stars. If they like it here so much and want to play with each other so much they need to show some unityand toughness. sometimes you have to stand up to a bully to get respect even if he beats you up. Know what I am saying Danny G
Not that he would have been on the ice, but I think it would have been entertaining to see what McIlrath would have done in that situation ;-)
Look, I don't think EVERY hit needs to be retaliated. However, if someone runs your goalie to the point that they are laying on the ice, that person needs to end up 15 rows into the seats picking plexiglass shards out of their forehead! I know it's OT, I know they need points, but the cost of that 1 point and subsequent penalty would be well worth it. But, in their defense a bit, in 4 on 4 you're not exactly going to have the most aggressive of players out there.
Gotta disagree I thought what the rangers did was great... Got in his face but got a chance to win the game. I care more about the extra point and I am sure Hank does too at that point
@TheNYRBlog we lack a true tough guy a guy like tie domi or joey kocer . We need a legit enforcer and a few other type players..
@cb1Handled it perfectly? I didn't see them handle it at all. No you don't drop your gloves. That doesn't make enough of a statement and besides it's stupid to deliberately take a penalty in that situation. that I agree with. What you do is whoever is covering or closest to Kunitz on that play rams his butt as hard as he can into the ice or the boards with a cross check or a clean but nasty painful hit. Make him pay for his carelessness. Maybe you get called. Maybe you don't. It's not just about THIS game. This is a division rival you play against twice more and the eyes of the league are watching you and how you respond. Ultimately the health and longevity of your goalie is what's at stake.
@JohnScibior@TheNYRBlog u have no idea what ur talking about.. nash shoots more then most players in the league.. look at the stats hes usually in the top ten in the league in shots on goal... hes yet to be able to his his stride hes a great player ur blaming the wrong people dude what games are u watching.. we got the player we traded for
Richards wasnt injured. AND his contract is front loaded so technically I believe He makes more this year than Nash
@JohnScibior They both scored against the Flames, so I really didn't have an issue with them being used early.
you mean stanley cup champion Rosival?
You don't even have to challenge Kunitz to a fight. Just get in his face and push him around and maybe toss him to the ground. Last night we saw Del Zotto push Zol numerous times to the point where both he and Zol received coinciding minors. And then Pouliot saw...I don't remember who shoving around the net and he took a guy and just drove him to the ground after a play. We saw two instances where players were willing to defend their teammates. No penalties against us were called that actually hurt us. Girardi then decided to stand there and lightly tap Kunitz. Del Zotto, for as inconsistent as he may be, proved he was willing to play tougher and dirtier than Girardi if the moment calls for it. G should think on that for a bit.
@Kevin DeLury because the league has Pens' back
You really think Kunitz would have dropped the gloves if challenged? He would have stood there like a deer in headlights and the Ranger player would have absolutely gotten an instigator, but they probably would both get 5 and then it would be 3 on 3. But also, so what if the Rangers got a penalty and the Pens ended up with a PP. The cost of a point in December for sending a clear message is well worth it.
sometimes you have to take a chance (and possibly lose 1) in order to win going forward. Risk reward has to be weighed in every situation.Maybe risk of losing in OT because of standing up for your goaliewho got steamrolled gets the reward of team unity and pride and goes out and wins with confidence going forward. I'd risk it
The example should have been done NO MATTER what.....Kuniz should have been beaten to the point of no return
@AdamTrent17 i agree kocur was an animal...