A game that at one point was just comically bad for the Rangers quickly turned scary when Brendan Shanahan’s head hit the Garden ice this afternoon.
I say scary not only because Shanahan has 28 goals and the Rangers are scrambling for a playoff spot; and not only because Shanahan is an almost universally admired figure in hockey. I say scary because head injuries like the one Shanahan sustained today aren’t something you’d wish on anyone.
And at least for now it looks like a lot of what we saw today was mostly precautionary.
Some more details:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our leader,Ã¢â‚¬? defenseman Aaron Ward said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not just a spiritual leader, but in terms of blood and guts, be it for a role player or star player, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the guy who steps up. Hopefully we as a group can rally around the fact that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not there. We have big shoes to fill.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I couldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve kept playing for sure, but they told me they wanted to make a change,Ã¢â‚¬? said Lundqvist, who allowed the first three Flyers goals on just 17 shots. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I guess maybe to have time to get ready for tomorrow. The shoulderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very sore right now but I just have to ice it for a half hour and hopefully itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good.Ã¢â‚¬?