I officially hate writing about concussions, stretchers — basically anything that involves me using the phrase “staying overnight for observations.” It’s not about me liking or disliking fighting in hockey, because that’s a topic for another day, and as someone who fancies himself a hockey purist, I think it’s more complicated than people think. But when you have an incident like the one tonight, it usually ends up veering every story off course.
And that was the case tonight, when Todd Fedoruk’s unconscious few minutes at least somewhat overshadowed the triumphant return of Brendan Shanahan. Even Shanahan in the audio below talks about the impact of seeing another player sprawled out on the Garden ice (along with an assortment of other topics).[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/shanny0321.mp3]
Meanwhile, it was an impressive return from Shanahan tonight, although Sean Avery made sure to note the veteran may have left a few goals on the ice.
“Well I always have to keep my eye out for [Shanahan], whether we are walking the streets of New York or checking up on my right wing. But Shanny is a big boy and after the first couple of shifts, I was mad at him because he missed a few chances,” Avery said.
As for the Fedoruk-Orr tilt, it appears John Stevens may have misinterpreted Tom Renney’s intent of starting his fourth line tonight. Based on the way Renney employed the line against the Penguins, the coach said he was merely trying to pick up where they left off. Instead, Stevens was quick to put Fedoruk on the ice to counter them. And 21 seconds later, well, you probably saw what happened.