Fight Night in Ottawa for New York Rangers?
Added by Dante Vassallo on November 9, 2011.
The New York Rangers face the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place tonight in Ottawa. The meeting marks the first time these two teams will have gotten together since Ranger forward, Woytek Wolski knocked Senator captain Daniel Alfredsson out of the lineup with a shot to the head. Alfredsson has yet to return, and Ottawa tough guy, Zenon Konopka has been angry about the game ever since.
“We lost our captain. Our captain’s still not in the lineup. I look right across every morning and see (the name) Alfredsson. I usually see his gear hanging there, and that bugs me,” Konopka told the New York Daily News. “Right or wrong, if he was hurt legally, illegally, whatever way you want to explain it, our captain’s out of our lineup, and that’s a big blow to our team, and I look at that every day and that drives me up a wall, and it pisses me off.”
Konopka also took offense to comments made by someone on the Rangers about his hit from behind on Artem Anisimov in the same game. Konopka was ejected for the hit, which was shoulder on shoulder, but still sent Anisimov face first into the boards. The NHL is trying to eliminate this type of hit from hockey, but Konopka feels the hit on his captain was worse than his own.
“They made a comment that after one of my hits, I guess, that this is what we need out of hockey – one of the Rangers players said,” Konopka said. “Well in my mind, the Wolski hit is the hit we need out of hockey. I feel like mine is a hockey play with the hockey puck there. That didn’t seem like a hockey play.”
There is currently no timetable for Alfredsson’s return, as he is suffering from the dreaded post-concussion syndrome that has become the scourge of professional hockey. Ironically, Wolski is also out of the lineup having undergone surgery for a sports hernia that will keep him out for four weeks. Rangers forward Mike Rupp is also out for four to six weeks after having surgery to repair his knee. With Rupp out, expect sparkplug Brandon Prust (quickly becoming a fan favorite), and newcomer Andre Deveaux to answer the bell if Konopka and Chris Neil decide to seek revenge. That is unless coach John Tortorella decides to throw hands with Zenon himself.
“I don’t give a crap what Zenon said, or whatever his name is said,” Tortorella said following the Rangers’ pregame skate. “We’re going to go about our business and try to play the right way.”
You got it right, coach. His name is Zenon.
The Senators come into tonight’s game losers of their last three, while the Rangers are riding a four-game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Senators, so it appears both teams have some extra motivation tonight.