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via Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork,
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made it clear after his team's 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night that he did not like Ryan Murphy's second-period hit on Derek Dorsett.
The rookie defenseman appeared to undercut Dorsett, upending him in a play that infuriated Dorsett's teammates and resulted in a clipping penalty.
"I mean, in my opinion, that's real dangerous," Vigneault said. "Any time you're going for knees, you're looking at career-ending injuries here."
Dorsett appeared to be OK after the hit, but that didn't seem to placate Vigneault.
"That was borderline very, very dangerous."
The only video of the hit I could find can be viewed below and Murphy did receive two for clipping...
via the NBC Sports Group,
NEW YORK - NBC Sports Group, in partnership with the NHL (National Hockey League), enlisted Hollywood director Bobby Farrelly for its multi-platform marketing campaign to promote the 2013 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the Original Six match-up of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins on Friday, November 29 at 1pm ET on NBC. The campaign, which includes three 30-second TV commercials and an extended version to run online, will debut during tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry broadcast, featuring the Bruins and the Penguins, at 8 p.m. ET. on NBCSN.
Farrelly, whose film credits include “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber,” directed this year’s TV and digital campaign in which family relatives from Boston and New York carry their personal Bruins-Rangers rivalry to Thanksgiving dinner. The TV campaign was shot in Boston, and features NHL greats Cam Neely and Mike Richter.
“The goal is to celebrate the holiday, and the historic rivalry between the Bruins-Rangers,” said Bill Bergofin, Senior Vice President, Marketing , NBC Sports Group. “The campaign is a light hearted look at a typical Thanksgiving dinner, in the home of a passionate NHL family. Bobby Farrelly’s sense of humor and his love of the Boston Bruins, made him the perfect director for this project.”
“I’m a hockey nut. So when the NHL and NBC approached me to direct the commercial and said it would feature Cam Neely and Mike Richter, I was flattered,” said Farrelly. “It was a pleasure to work with two hockey greats to promote a game featuring two legendary teams, including my beloved Bruins.”
watch the extended promo below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The uneven officiating in this one did not exactly even out. There was a mighty questionable roughing call against Brian Boyle that created the power play on which Tomas Plekanec gave the Habs a 1-0 lead at 16:34 of the second period off a brilliant five-man play.
There was a bizarre interference call against Chris Kreider for not moving out of the way of a pair of Montreal players who collided at the Canadiens’ blue line and thus opened up the alley for a Derick Brassard power-play breakaway before it was whistled down at 5:37 of the third.
“The ref told me that the ice belongs to the defensemen,” Richards said, relaying the gist of his conversation with referee Dave Jackson.
“There’s nothing like that in the rule book.
“They made the call because two of their guys collided and fell.”
more on the game...
from Rick Carpiniello of Rangers Report,
Then the Chris Kreider penalty.... The kid was told by the officials that it’s his fault, that it’s his responsibility to get out of the way of the defender skating backward. And, OK, while that really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense—that the offensive player isn’t allowed to stand at the blue line and not move – Kreider’s contact was incidental. The two Canadiens colliding is what caused the call to be made. Terrible call, just as Derick Brassard is breaking in from the left wing.
And finally, the kicked-in goal. To me, it was pretty much the same play as the J.T. Miller goal in Philly that got wiped out by a replay review in Toronto. I don’t think either guy intentionally kicked it in. I thought both skates were going forward and made contact with the puck. So both are either distinct kicking motions, or neither are, IMO.
again, more on the game...
Want to see the interference call? Watch it below and sorry Ranger fans, I have seen this type of call hundreds of times and in my opinion it was the correct call.
Also below, is the J.T. Miller waived off goal against Philadelphia and to me, you can see the distinct kicking motion as opposed to the Alex Galchenyuk goal which was upheld as a good goal.
from Pat Leonard of The Blueshirts Blog at the New York Daily News,
...But coach Alain Vigneault clammed up the morning prior to facing the Montreal Canadiens, turning and deferring to a team spokesman when asked about Nash.
“Nothing new,” the spokesman said.
“I haven’t asked,” Vigneault said.
It’s still the Blueshirts’ biggest question, though, even if Vigneault isn’t asking it: If concussion symptoms sideline Nash for months, or longer, how do the Rangers proceed? Better yet, how do they win and compete at their highest level without the player they pay most per year by annual cap hit, at $7.8 million?
The Rangers at least are expected to get Carl Hagelin back Tuesday night on Long Island, which would be the speedy winger’s first eligible game since recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. But captain Ryan Callahan (broken left thumb) remains out until at least Nov. 6, and even when he returns, it appears there still could be a gaping hole at the top of the Blueshirts’ depth chart.
No one in the Rangers organization wants to talk about Nash right now, and no news is bad news.
more on the Rangers...
In case you missed or want to review the hit on Rick Nash from Brad Stuart (3 game suspension), you can watch it below...
Benoit Pouliot received a five minute major for boarding, a ten and game misconduct for the hit.
Talbot did return in the early part of the 3rd period.
I don't believe there was any intent to injure on the play and it just seemed to be the type of play that just happens at times.
Watch the hit below...
added 9:41pm, YouTube version added below...
During the five minute post-practice media scrum, Lundqvist says he is not sure if he will be ready to play on Saturday and states he suffered the injury in the 2nd game of the season.
from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
Coach Alain Vigneault made Henrik Lundqvist’s absence from Thursday night’s game at Philadelphia official today when he announced his star goalie would not dress for the game as he continues to battle an undisclosed injury.
“If this had been a playoff game, he’d probably be playing,” Vigneault said. “It’s something that’s day to day that we think we can nip it in the bud. We might give it one more day or maybe two…It’s something he’s had for maybe 10 days but it wasn’t anything significant. He played real well in Washington (last Wednesday’s 2-0 win). It acted up a little bit in the Jersey game (Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Devils.”
Without Lundqvist available, rookie Cam Talbot, 26, will make his NHL debut and the Rangers will recall Jason Missiaen from Hartford (AHL) to serve as Talbot’s backup. Vigneault said Lundqvist will travel with the team and no determination has been made for his status for Saturday’s game at Detroit, which will finally conclude this season-opening, nine-game road trip.
“We can’t say 100 percent sure he’s going to be good to go on Thursday, but I can’t say 100 percent he’s not going to be. He’s getting better. He’s got something he’s been dealing with for a little bit of time, and since we had four days between games, we figured it was the right time to try to nip this in the bud.”
-New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. A bit more from Zach Braziller of the New York Post.
Next game for the Rangers is Thursday against the Flyers.
from Andrew Gross of The Record,
With each passing day of silence, the questions grow louder when it comes to Rick Nash.
Not so much when the Rangers' elite right wing will return from his latest concussion, because any absence due to concussion is, by definition, indefinite.
But, there is scientific evidence each successive concussion heightens the chances of another, quite possibly with long-lasting effects.
So, will Nash and the Rangers have to deal with more in the future? And, if so, exactly what kind of player can the Rangers expect Nash, who turned 29 this off-season, to be over the course of his $62.4 million deal, which runs through 2018.
Injuries. Contract negotiations. Brutal travel. Mutual unfamiliarity with the coach. All excuses for the Rangers, who are taking every one of them.
There is, however, no excuse for an inferior work ethic. No excuse at all for these players who, given half the chance, seem to be invoking their non-compete clauses.
-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on the state of the Rangers.
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