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Video: St. Louis scores first goal with Rangers; Burrows gets ejected for hit on McDonagh

Apr 2, 2014, 1:03 AM EDT

When the New York Rangers acquired Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 5, the reigning Art Ross winner had 29 goals. Few expected him to take until April Fools’ Day to collected his 30th goal – and first with the Rangers – while in full health, but that was the case.

Even so, the veteran winger made no mistake about it against the Vancouver Canucks:

That was the 3-1 insurance goal, which ended up being tonight’s final score. St. Louis, 38, now has one goal and three assists in 15 games with his new team.

(The Rangers naturally must hope that St. Louis can shake this off and get back to being an elite scorer, then.)

Burrows hits McDonagh

Unfortunately for the Blueshirts, it wasn’t all good news on Tuesday, as the Alex Burrows delivered this questionable hit on Ryan McDonagh:

That check came late in the game, so it’s difficult to tell if McDonagh suffered a major injury (many believe it might be shoulder-related if he is hurt).


Burrows, 32, received a game misconduct and five-minute major for elbowing. He hasn’t been suspended during his NHL career.

Playoff implications

It’s quite possible that Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault’s team slammed the door shut on the Canucks’ playoff hopes, though that’s not official. It wasn’t a pure act of spite by any means, however, as the Rangers continue to fight for home-ice advantage in the first round.


As you can see, the Rangers now have a three-point lead against the Philadelphia Flyers (who lost in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday), although Philly holds two games in hand.

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    MSG needs to calm down. It was not THAT bad. He does make head contact but it’s not a lot and it’s not intentional. He saw the opportunity to get a big shoulder check, came in a little too soon to the hit. I can’t believe I’m defending Burrows, but ejected for that? Come on…

    • davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      If it wasn’t Alex Burrows I’d say we’re likelier to see the game misconduct rescinded than we are to see a suspension but lord knows he’s never going to get any favours from the league.

      • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Erm, he has a bad reputation around the league, and yet they haven’t ever suspended him. I think he’s had plenty of favors granted to him by the league.

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        This makes no sense at all. What would they have suspending him for, yelling at guys after the whistle? Fighting dirty?

        The fact of the matter is that the things the league suspends for (dirty hits, really serious stick infractions, sucker punches on unwitting victims) Burrows simply does not do.

  2. AppealToReason - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Its really not that bad of a hit. I think most of the contact with the head was done by the glass. He does brushes him a bit up high but that hit happens like 3 times a period. Unfortunately for McD he looks to have popped his shoulder.

  3. heynyc61 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    Burrows is a cheap shot artist

    • davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Dirty as hell, probably. Cheap shot artist? No.

      Last dirty hit I can recall by Burrows was a high hit on JP Dumont (that’s how long ago it was).

      Last time he chirped someone, or whacked someone with his stick, or grabbed someone’s hair in a scrum? Whose even keeping track anymore, it happens all the time (and for the record I hate it).

  4. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Didn’t look like much…even Rangers on the ice near the play didnt seem to know what happened. Didn’t appear egregious, just unfortunate

  5. cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    As a rangers fan, the hit was meh. Am I mad about it? Sure, but only because of the timing of it, and the score at the time, which doesn’t make sense, I know. Burrows didn’t get him from behind, he just got him awkwardly and when he was already paying attention to a different hit from Kassian. If there’s anything questionable at all about the hit, it’s that mcdonagh was defenseless.

    The hit doesn’t bother me. It wasn’t worth a minor if you ask me. Doubt he’ll even get a call from the league. What concerns me is that the man who’s been our best player looks like he may have popped his arm out of it’s socket…..

    • joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      Agreed! Looks like his left arm was jammed between the boards and Burrows. Many don’t realize this, but coaches teach their players while fore checking to check the d man near the arms as opposed to the back. This prevents penalties for boarding, and also prevents the d man from making a play because the good d man can make a play while taking a hit. Not as easy when the checker hits your arms. I suspect that’s what Burrows was trying.

      • jeffchadwick - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Personally, I can’t distill intent from what actually happened. Had another Canuck not kind of ushered McDonagh into the path of Burrows, I’m not sure we are even talking about this “hit” today. For all the actual nonsense that goes unpenalized in the NHL (i.e., elbows that concuss Pavel Datsyuk), this is pretty tame.

      • joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        Agreed! This hit does not warrant supplemental discipline or even a phone call.

    • barkar942 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Personally, I was more concerned about his head hitting the ice earlier in the game. That was a concussion waiting to happen!

      • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Thankfully I didn’t see that one… was on my way home from Buffalo Wild Wings with the lady-friend (yankees opening day. boy was that disappointing).

      • barkar942 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Lady friend good- Yankee fan Bad. Stick to hockey!!! LOL

      • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        I usually do. Baseball is that thing I pay attention to until hockey starts again. As far as the yankees fan thing goes, c’mon…. everyone has their faults :-p

  6. patthehockeyfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    “The Rangers naturally must hope that St. Louis can shake this off and get back to being an elite scorer, then.”

    The bad juju has passed for Marty. He’s baaaaaccckkkkk!!!!!!!!

  7. ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    “Unfortunately for the Blueshirts,”

    Should they still be called the blueshirts when they’re wearing white and their opponent is wearing blue? Welcome to Crossfire.

  8. ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    anybody else see Kassian (that’s who that is toward the right side of the scrum, right?) throw that sucker punch right in the beginning? how can the Canucks live up to their dirty name night after night after night?

    • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      I think I saw what you’re talking about. It just looked like he put his hand on mcdonagh’s back to me tho. I dunno if it was a sucker punch.

    • davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Looked like he threw a left at Girardi and got him on the side of the helmet.

      ibieiniiiiid is going to disagree with me here but frankly after watching teams like the Ducks and Bruins pull this stuff year after year with impunity (while the Canucks tried to get calls and instead earned the hatred of the officials and everyone else) it’s nice to have a guy on our side like this.

      It’s pretty weak as far as “sucker punches” go (ask Ben Eager how hard Kassian can swing when he wants to) and Girardi had just piled into Burrows from behind so it’s not like he’s some kind of innocent party here.

      Hell if these guys are going to lose 50 games a year they might as well at least refuse to be pushed around..

      • ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        (it’s at exactly 0:17, by the way)

        well, I was judging “sucker punch” by him having his glove off in a scrum where nobody else has dropped them and throwing shots to somebody’s head (I think I see now that it was an open hand). sucker slap maybe.

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        Hah! I was going to say it looked more like slap than anything.

        “Hey Dan, what did the five fingers say to the face?!”

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        (And we all know that Zack is a habitual line-stepper..)

  9. titansbro - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Not referring to this specific hit but doesn’t it always seem like the same guys delivering the same questionable hits? Orpik, Burrows, Cooke, Neal, etc. The message is not being received.

    • davebabychreturns - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      I’m repeating myself now but I don’t think Burrows belongs in that group. He is a rat for sure but it’s rare that he is involved in dirty hits.

    • micasa81 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      There was this line in the article: “He hasn’t been suspended during his NHL career.” Burrows has had a somewhat infamous NHL career, but he doesn’t make a habit of throwing dangerous hits.

      Sorry, but this is simply a Bruins homer comment disguised as a reasonable, can’t-we-all-agree-on-this type of question. Leave out Orpik and Burrows, and throw in, say, Brown and Kaleta – guys who have reputations for truly unsafe play, but don’t happen to have claimed a Bruin as a victim (yet) – and you start sounding a lot more credible.

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