Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Rangers mum on Neil's comments
By Katie Strang
Michael Del Zotto politely sidestepped questions about Chris Neil's eyebrow-raising comments following Game 6.
After the Senators 3-2 loss in Ottawa Monday, during which he was leveled by a big hit from Del Zotto in the third period, Neil seemed to issue a thinly-veiled warning to the young defenseman.
"I'm sure I'll catch him with his head down one of these times," he said.
Responding to the threat, Del Zotto feigned ignorance:
"I don't even know what he said. I'm just worried about tomorrow's game."
Neil has been an effective antagonist for the Senators all series but his play has elicited anger from the Rangers' side. Coach John Tortorella likened his questionable hit that left Brian Boyle concussed in Game 5 to Phoenix's Raffi Torres' devastating blow on Chicago's Marian Hossa that earned him a staggering 25-game suspension. Tough guy Brandon Prust also admitted his first-period fight against Neil on Monday was "maybe a little bit" motivated by retribution for Boyle.
But Prust and his Rangers teammates will settle these differences on the ice in Game 7, when the two teams square off in a do-or-die at Madison Square Garden.
"We're not really concerned about what he had to say," Prust said.