The Stat Line Of The Night – 04/26/09 – Ray Whitney
Cheap Shots, Biting, Great Goals. Rangers vs Caps Had It All
Total Pro Sports – If you had the pleasure of watching the Washington Capitals take care of the New York Rangers yesterday afternoon at Madison Square Gardens, then you got a healthy dose of action. Not only did the game’s outcome mean a game 7 is in the works, but there was also a fair share of story-lines to thicken the plot.
Before the game even got started there was the interesting tale of John Tortorella’s suspension and the thought of Jim Schoenfeld taking over behind the bench. In case you don’t remember, Schoenfeld was the last coach to be suspended during the playoffs for physical contact with referee Don Koharski in the dressing room area. The incident was video recorded an has since become a YouTube classic. There was also the question of whether Sean Avery would play or not.
Then during the game, viewers witnessed a cheap shot by Donald Brashier to the head of Blair Betts that left him dazed and forced him to leave the game. Replays were then shown of an incident at the pregame skate between Brashier and Rangers enforcer Colton Orr.
The game also had some nice goals, none better than Victor Kozlov’s, and to end it all off, there was a biting incident. During a scrum behind the Caps’ net, Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky was apparently bitten by Shane Morrison of the Washington Capitals. There is not doubt after all these incidents the NHL will have its hands full during the series’ off day sorting out suspensions. They will also have some extra eyes tuned into game 7 when the series shifts back to the Verizon Center in Washington.