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Rangers: Nash done for night after ‘elbow to head’ (Updated with video)

Oct 8, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers in action during the home opening NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on October 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Rangers 4-1.
(October 2, 2013 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The New York Rangers got some potentially devastating news tonight after Rick Nash received a blow from San Jose’s Brad Stuart early in the first period that the Rangers called an elbow to the head.

He initially stayed in the game following the incident, but the team has ruled Nash out for the remainder of the contest. Meanwhile, Stuart served a two-minute elbowing minor for his actions.

Although the Rangers specified how Nash got injured and where the star forward got hit, they are describing it as an undisclosed injury, according to the Mercury News’ David Pollak. In other words, we don’t know for sure what Nash’s situation is, but it’s worth noting that he did sustain a concussion in February due to a hit from Boston’s Milan Lucic.

The 29-year-old had three assists in two games before tonight’s contest. He’s arguably the Rangers’ greatest offensive weapon and if he’s absent for any extended period of time, it would be a big blow for the Rangers.

Update — Video of the incident is now available, which you can watch below:

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Just saw the hit on TSN, there’s no way that was an elbow to the head, Stuart had his arm at his side when he hit him, it didn’t even look like Stuart’s shoulder made contact with Nash’s head either, looked like a fairly innocent play actually.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      You’re right. It wasn’t. Nash is just fragile and injury prone.

    • 950003cups - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Accusing The Great, Dick Rash of embellishment?

      HOG WASH!!

      When you get rocked, playing like a beer league team, so they take away points from you?

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I knew this would make headlines on PHT. No way that was an elbow to the head.

  3. billyhauntswizards - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    was not an elbow, but definitely a hit to the head.

  4. nicknyhc - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    It was a shoulder to the head. Shannahan will be busy.

    I guess the refs couldn’t differentiate a shoulder from an elbow, maybe because they were too busy kicking the puck to the Sharks and assisting on goals all night long.

    • barkar942 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      Rangers coughed it up all night long on the other 8 goals. That one didn’t matter anyway.
      I guess last nights game was the anomalie, and tonights and the Phoenix game will really be the norm. Tonight’s game reminded me of how the Rangers played defense in the mid to late 80’s when all they did was spin and spin and poke check and get whupped night after night.

  5. pirovash88 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Didn’t seem like an elbow to the head but this is one that probably looks drastically different depending on the view. Especially if its one from NY…

  6. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Yeah, it was the refs handing the sharks a goal. Despite the short handed goal and the 8 others that followed.

    • nicknyhc - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      When its a 1-0 Rangers lead on a powerplay a couple minutes into the first period and the ref hands a goal to the short handed Sharks and ties the game at 1-1, that changes the complexion of the game. That game very well could have been 2-0 minutes into the game.

      Between 2 goals being handed to the Sharks off the ref’s skates, a weird bounce off the glass, a broken stick at center ice deflecting a pass causing a breakaway goal, a ridiculous 4 minute penalty to Brian Boyle resulting in a PP goal, etc…its no surprise it was a blowout win.

      The Rangers were sloppy and the Sharks were the better team, but this was a clusterf*ck in terms of officiating.

      • stakex - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:21 AM

        Perhaps the officiating was terrible…. but don’t for a second place the blame for this debacle anywhere but on the Rangers and AV. This was the lamest, more poorly executed game I have seen from a team in a long time. I don’t care if the Sharks spotted the Rangers a 4 goal lead… it wouldn’t have mattered. The way they played was embarrassing, end of story.

        I’m as big of Ranger fan as there is, and I am very worried right now. If the Rangers quit on Torts…. they haven’t even shown up for AV. Its going to be a long season unless something changes really fast.

  7. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Yeah… All the things you describe sound like a hockey game. Pucks bounce off the glass, sticks break and players who act out of turn get penalties.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      The guy’s favorite part of hockey is the probably the shootout so none of the typical game things happen.

    • nicknyhc - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      No its called puck luck buddy.

      If you think its typical for Lundqvuist to get yanked and for the Rangers to give up 10 you’re crazy. Every team has 1 or 2 games like this a year and I guess last night was the Shark’s night. This reminds me of the game last year where the Rangers scored 4 goals in a minute against Buffalo.

  8. xdj511 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Happened to wake up at 11:30 and turn on the game… it was 2-1 at the time but I right before the Sharks scored those two quick goals to make it 4-1 and chase Henrik. I turned the TV off. Still was shocked in the morning that it ended up 9-2. The 60 minute replay in the AM didn’t even cover all of the goals scored much less how hapless the Rangers must have looked all night. If this team doesn’t start hitting and forechecking this is going to be a long season.

  9. President Charles Logan - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    The Rangers just arent that good really.

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