The Rangers received a bit of encouraging news Sunday, even if they didn’t hear what they wanted from the NHL. X-rays on Dan Girardi’s right foot were negative after the defenseman blocked a hard, power-play slap shot by the Canadiens’ P.K. Subban with 1:23 left in the Rangers’ 3-0 loss Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Despite no broken bones, Girardi could still be hobbled by a bone bruise or soft tissue injury. Meanwhile, league discipline czar Brendan Shanahan concluded quickly after a phone hearing Sunday afternoon that the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty would not receive supplemental discipline for his boarding penalty against Ryan McDonagh at 7:20 of the second period that very likely left the defenseman with a concussion. The Rangers did not practice Sunday so there were no updates on how much time either defenseman might miss. After Saturday’s game, coach John Tortorella opened his press conference by asking the reporters how high they thought Pacioretty jumped to hit McDonagh. "Over, under?" Tortorella said when he did not get a response. Tortorella never gave his own opinion. The Rangers open a four-game homestand Tuesday against the Jets and obviously could be very thin on defense, especially if Michael Del Zotto misses a second straight game. He suffered a lower-body injury on a hard check by Marc Methot in Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss at Ottawa.
Rangers get good news on injured Dan Girardi
Bergen Record | Feb 25