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Dan’s Daily: Fists Fly, Tears Flow, Tom Wilson Injured in NY Gong Show

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You knew some revenge would be served, but the New York Rangers brought the house on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. One game after Washington Capitals villain Tom Wilson injured New York star Artemi Panarin with a hair pulling takedown following an assault on Pavel Buchnevich. One day after the league demurred any credible punishment, the New York Rangers did their best to serve some frontier justice.

And it was wild. Also in the Daily, the Pittsburgh Penguins off-day blog, and Marc-Andre Fleury is now the third all-time winningest goalie in NHL history.

It was a crazy, crazy day…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The East Division is a powder keg. Sidney Crosby defended himself and more.

The Rangers also fired President John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton on Wednesday, too. Insane day.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Shayne Gostisbehere was suspended for two games for his late boarding on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman. 

Here we go…

NY Post: The Rangers responded. SIX fights in the opening in four minutes. The penalty box was standing room only. And, Tom Wilson was injured in the process. Here’s the Rangers side. 

There was one touching moment in the game that will stick with those who saw it, too. T.J. Oshie, whose father, “Coach Oshie,” passed away, scored a hat trick. And it was just a bit too much.

 

Boston Hockey Now: There are no winners in the Tom Wilson incident. 

I surely hope the NHL was embarrassed by this Gong Show in the biggest media market in the world. I hope the NHL makes significant changes, so this (expletive deleted) doesn’t happen again.

Of course, hope in one hand….you know what in the other…


NHL news…

TSN: Win No. 490. Marc-Andre Fleury is now the third all-time winningest goalie in NHL history.

OC Register: Anze Kopitar hit 1000 career points.

Anyone else notice two cool milestones from two great players who were totally eclipsed by the nonsense in New York??

Defending Big D: The defending Western Conference champs are on the brink of elimination. Dallas is hanging by a thread after a bad loss on Wednesday night. 

It’s a short links column today. Tom Wilson simply sucked the air out of everything. I hope the NHL is happy…

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Frank
Frank
4 months ago

Guys like Wilson are Frankensteins that the NHL has willingly created. The league is much more at fault for his behavior than he is himself. Please . .. spare me the nonsense that this is “part of hockey.” It is not. Almost universally every team has had “Wilsons” on their bench. The players by their inaction/silence want them; the owners continue to bring them in without regard for the game or players. The league itself just confirmed how they feel. But each new “Wilson” takes the latest edition and adds to it. So Dave Schultz morphs into Dale Hunter who… Read more »

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank

So eventually Wilson will get his being Ryan Reeves or another and someone will get seriously hurt. Cmon Paneran VS Wilson did he really have to be that ballistic.

Cal
Cal
4 months ago

Heck I enjoyed the Ranger Caps scraps. Buchnevich did a bush league move though.

Alan
4 months ago
Reply to  Cal

The scraps are crap! Rather watch fast skating, excellent passes and scoring! Not goon hockey!

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews
4 months ago

I think Patrick Sharp said it the best, Players want to play with a player that has an edge, but at what point is it too excessive. Wilsons display was over the top and the League should try to stop dangerous situation like what occurred.

David
David
4 months ago

When Wilson ends someone’s career then the league will say, “Oh, ok, we get it now.”

Alan
4 months ago

Playoff time and finish your check 25 feet behind the puck becomes the new acceptable! The goon teams, Boston, Caps and Tampa begin to rule and ruin the sport! Send the goons to the NFL to play and pick fights! Maybe the NBA should allow fighting?

crazyhorse87
crazyhorse87
4 months ago

Every team has had a Wilson at some point, he won’t be the last. Every team that own those type of players will defend him. Every team that don’t like his antics will have a lot to say in derogatory fashion. Hey, Boston had a shoe attack on fans, clean up your own back yard before you clean up someone else’s.

crazyhorse87
crazyhorse87
4 months ago
Reply to  crazyhorse87

Hyuk.

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