Saturday, January 21, 2012
McDonagh injured on hit, status uncertain
By Katie Strang
Following the Rangers 3-2 OT win over the Bruins in Boston, coach John Tortorella said he had no update on Ryan McDonagh, but after crashing into the end-boards as a result of Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference's reckless hit with 3:10 to play in overtime, McDonagh appeared to be in rough shape.
The 22-year-old defenseman, who has had a terrific season playing on the top pair with Dan Girardi, lay on the ice for several minutes while being tended to by head trainer Jim Ramsay. McDonagh was able to skate off on his own -- albeit gingerly -- but he immediately left the ice and headed toward the trainer's room.
"It's one of the most dangerous hits I've seen in awhile," Tortorella said.
Because Ference earned a five-minute charging major and game misconduct on the play -- the Rangers won the game in the ensuing power-play -- the NHL's Department of Player Safety will automatically review the play.
Ference is expected to face supplementary discipline.
"Nothing has to be said as far as what should be done," Tortorella said. "it's a pretty easy call as far as I'm concerned."
McDonagh's teammates were pleased to exact revenge for Ference's hit. Marian Gaborik scored on the resulting power-play and scored -- his second goal of the game -- with 3.6 seconds to play.
"I didn't see the hit but obviously the result was pretty bad," said captain Ryan Callahan. "Heading into that [power play], you definitely want to make them pay, to score that goal so Mac's not getting that hit for nothing."
Most players sidestepped questions about the hit itself, but it was clear they were not a happy bunch about the result.
”I mean I saw him coming but then I kind of looked up because I had to follow the puck but I was surprised he just kept going. He was coming so fast," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. “It looked bad.”
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Artem Anisimov, who also left the ice after a hard hit, returned to the bench after a visit to the trainer's room and appears to be okay.