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Rangers’ Nash won’t travel to Montreal, will miss third straight game

Feb 22, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT


The concern over the health of Rangers winger Rick Nash grew on Friday with news that New York wouldn’t bring him to Montreal for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens — meaning Nash will miss a third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.

Nash hasn’t played since Sunday’s 2-1 win over Washington. He was listed as questionable for the game, but participated in the warmup and proceeded to play a whopping 22:33, recording one assist and a game-high eight shots on goal.

Prior to the Caps game, Rangers head coach John Tortorella was pressed on exactly what Nash’s injury was.

“None of your business,” he told ESPN’s Katie Strang.

On Wednesday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post penned a piece suggesting Nash had suffered some type of head injury last week in a game where he took a hit from Boston forward Milan Lucic.

More, from Brooks:

The Rangers aren’t saying anything about the condition of Nash, who played two days after taking the unpenalized hit and then again three days after that despite a couple of days that we know of, when he wasn’t feeling well.

No one is saying whether No. 61 is suffering post-concussion symptoms. Perhaps more to the point, no one is saying he isn’t.

On Thursday, Lucic addressed that accusation in speaking with

“I’m just trying to fore-check and do my job. I’m just trying to do what I get paid to do. I don’t hit dirty,” Lucic said. “I’ve had one [supplemental discipline] call about a hit in my six years so far. So you can criticize me if you want, but whatever.

I’ve had dings where little guys have hit me too, but I was fortunate that I didn’t have to miss any time. If I targeted the head then the league would have been looking at it very closely.

We’ve got our own team here and our own things to worry about.”

Here’s video of the Lucic-Nash hit:

There’s still no word on what Nash’s injury is, or if there’s a timetable for him to rejoin the team.

After Saturday’s game in Montreal, the Rangers will return to Madison Square Garden for a four-game homestand against the Jets, lightning, Sabres and Flyers.

In related news, the Rangers said there’ll be no update on injured defenseman Michael Del Zotto today. The club has recalled Steve Eminger from AHL Connecticut.

  1. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    not a dirty hit . end of story.

  2. nosefacekillah - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    No hit to the head. No hit from behind. No elbow. Nothing but a clean hockey hit. Hopefully Nash is back at it soon.

    • oramisteek - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Yes, because a B’s fan wouldn’t think the hit is dirty. Lucic brings his forearm up and drives it into Nash’s head into the boards. Is that a clean hit? Face it, Lucic is a dirty player.

    • stakex - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      I’m not saying it was a really dirty hit or anything and also don’t think there should have been any sort of post-game punishment…. but he clearly hits him in the head. The split second he makes contact the view is blocked by the stanchion, but its not hard to tell what happens. You simply don’t see it because you don’t want to see it.

      Again though, there shouldn’t have been a suspension or anything… but it was at least a grazing blow to the head.

  3. rpiotr01 - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    This makes the Rangers org look shady. Just say he has a bleepin’ concussion – speak plain english! Fans aren’t stupid, don’t treat them as such.

  4. arbruins - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    It was not a dirty hit….if it were, Lucic would have been punished for it by now. Wait, I hear the door opening for more of the same old BS from Habsman. Let me lay it out for everyone, dirty, backstabbing, racist, big nosed and collie campbell.
    Can you say something different this time?

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