Those were the words I heard on the radio just now when referring to the Chris Simon hit on Ryan Hollweg.
This is the real disappointing part. I’m assuming that just about everyone who frequents this site is like me in that they love hockey. And yet because of one absolutely brainless, gutless play, we’re all going to be forced to defend the game to people who before tonight, couldn’t tell Chris Simon from Cary Simon.
Either way, though, it is that play that led indirectly to another crucial Rangers win—controversial no-goal or not—so maybe you as Rangers fans aren’t quite as upset. Especially since Ryan Hollweg appears OK.
Speaking of the left wing, I just received an e-mail from Andrew Gross, who passed along some quotes from the Coliseum. Included are these comments from Hollweg:
“I finished my check and turned back and next thing I knew the stick was across my head. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad we scored on the power play and got the two points, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the main thing. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m cut on the chin.
“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a little surprised. I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t had any bad blood before, as far as I knew we respected each other as hockey players and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s it. I finished my check, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m playing my game.
“I was on the ice and I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really hear anything, I might have been out for a little bit.
Our objective was to come in here and get two points and at the end of the day thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what we did. We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sacrifice any points going into overtime so it was a huge goal.
“Things happen in hockey. Sometimes you kind of step outside of yourself for a little while. What happened, happened and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just going to continue playing my game. I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen (tape) yet. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if I need to see it. I saw the stick coming on me.
What he was thinking while on the ice: Yeah, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m scared. In the back of my mind I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe he did it.
“To get that goal on the power play and to win that game, for me, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all I want. As far as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m concerned, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re square. We got the win, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the important thing.”