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Vigneault calls Murphy hit on Dorsett ‘very, very dangerous’

Nov 3, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

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New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault had strong words for Carolina Hurricanes rookie defenseman Ryan Murphy after the Rangers’ 5-1 win.

Vigneault was upset with a low hit Murphy put on Rangers forward Derek Dorsett that resulted in a clipping minor penalty for Murphy. Katie Strang of ESPN-New York share the story.

“I mean, in my opinion, that’s real dangerous,” Vigneault said. “Any time you’re going for knees, you’re looking at career-ending injuries here.”

“That was borderline very, very dangerous.”

On the upside for the Rangers, Dorsett wasn’t injured on the play.

Murphy, meanwhile, is in his rookie season in the NHL and has been one of the top first-year players early this year. Getting noticed on the big stage of Madison Square Garden like this probably wasn’t in his plans.

  1. storminator16 - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    It was dangerous, but “wah”. It happens. Guess someone has to write a story and make something out of nothing, I guess. Dorsett gave him a little pay back and things didn’t get out of hand. I’ve had hangnails that could make a better story.

    • stakex - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Actually, hits like that are very rare these days. You see more headshots then you do low ball knee shots since it actually takes more effort to go low then it does high. High hits happen by accident…. low hits don’t, and make no mistake that Murphy’s hit can end a career just as fast as a headshot. So if we are going to see a story for every headshot, it makes sense there would be a story over this.

      Now I’m not saying Murphy should be suspended or anything, but his hit is new worthy…

    • twopop49 - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Just because nothing happened doesn’t make it OK!

      • storminator16 - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Micro analyzing every freaking minor penalty doesn’t make it ok, either.


  2. 950003cups - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Tony Dorsett is playing hockey now?

    • villi5ed - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      If Tony Dorsett were playing hockey now? He’d be a top six forward on your team.

    • barkar942 - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      If Tony Dorsett were playing for your team, perhaps they could get more than 14 SOG on the Flyers!

  3. nyeagles10 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    someone has tony o. there Brian

  4. uscthom78 - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    One of the few coaches who prefer their players getting hit high over getting hit low. Apparently getting hit high is not so dangerous.

  5. rrsm53 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Vigenault is whining just as much in NY as he did in Vancouver, shut your mouth and let the boys play and take care of it on the ice. The rookie will learn when someone cleans his clock for him. Plus Dorsett is not angel on the ice, watch him he likes to use his stick alot.

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