There will be no supplementary discipline as a result of the second period boarding incident involving Max Pacioretty and Ryan McDonagh that caused the Rangers defenceman to miss the final half of Saturday night’s game with a suspected concussion. The decision was made following a Sunday afternoon conference call between NHL Player Safety Committee head Brendan Shanahan and Pacioretty.
McDonagh was playing on the edge during the game’s second period. At 2:51 he rammed Pacioretty into the boards in front of the Canadiens bench and Pacioretty had to be helped off the ice by his teammates. At 4:37 McDonagh high sticked former teammate Brandon Prust sending him to the dressing room for stitches. There was no penalty on either play. Nobody will say it out loud, but one can safely assume there was a measure of retaliation in the boarding which came at 7:20 of the period.
As usual, the Rangers aren’t revealing anything about the seriousness of McDonagh’s injury. The team practices Monday at 11.00am in Greenburgh New York.
Pacioretty has a history with the Department of Player Security. He was suspended three games in November of last season for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. Past history is brought into the picture only if an incident is deemed worthy of a suspension.
Here’s the incident
Was the check payback for this?
John Tortorella News Conference After Game