GIF: Burrows high hit on McDonagh

Update: Per Larry Brooks, there is no structural damage on McDonagh’s shoulder.

Original Post: In the final minute of yesterday’s win over Vancouver, Alex Burrows –not known for being the cleanest of players– delivered a questionable high hit on Ryan McDonagh. The hit left McDonagh on the ice in pain, and burrows received a five minute major for elbowing. There is no update on McDonagh’s injury as of yet. The GIF of the hit is below, courtesy of Edge of Sports Insanity:

The hit itself was not from behind, but it was a high hit (two hands to the face) on a player in a defenseless position. It looked like McDonagh went down favoring his left shoulder. I’d try to venture a guess about a possible Burrows suspension, but the Wheel O’ Justice has been random for a while. It’s a coin flip if there’s any supplemental discipline at this point.

What do you think of the hit? Should Burrows be suspended?

33 thoughts on “GIF: Burrows high hit on McDonagh

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

    No. I don’t think Burrows should be suspended. Retribution for the hit on McDonough should have come at the fists of Dan Carcillo. This is the type of thing that the players should handle on the ice. AV did not allow D.C. to defend his teammate, so why should the NHL overrule the coach?

    I’m sure the Flyers and the rest of the opponents the Rangers will face took note.

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Point taken…but was Carcillo on the ice at the time of the incident? I don’t know for sure but I don’t think he was. Burrows then got ejected. So he didn’t have a chance, really.

      To your point though, I would have liked to see a stronger response from Girardi / Zuc after the play. Like really start wailing away on him. It looked like Zuc was attemting to, but was mitigated by the other Nuck in there (Kassian), but Girardi was more tame than I would have liked. That’s just how he is though, I guess.

      • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm

        Carcillo was on the bench. Based on MSG commentary, he was asking AV to be put out for the next shift and AV said no.

        My tacit point was AV pussed out if Carcillo wanted to go beat someone’s rump for the hit. Obviously it couldn’t have been Burrows since he was tossed. It didn’t have to be Burrows though. It could have been any Canuck on the ice. The message would have been sent and other teams would understand if they tried that against the Rangers there would be a price to pay.

        • Apr 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

          I wonder if the mandatory fine and suspension for an instigator in the last 5 minutes is what kept AV from doing something stupid and sending Carcillo (or anyone else) from doing something stupid to get retribution? Coach and player get suspended in that instance, btw.

          If you want to be angry at anyone, be angry at Torts. The way McD was getting run all night by Vancouver leads me to believe the coach had put some money “on the board” for whoever knocks McD out of the game.

          • Apr 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

            I’m sure Torts did no such thing. Torts respects Mac, he was one of his warriors in NY.

            • Apr 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

              I don’t think so. Torts has come unhinged. I could definitely picture him trying to sabotage a Ranger playoff run as a matter of self-preservation.

              • Apr 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

                Torts did 9-11. ‘Nuff said.

        • Apr 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

          Who cares if there is a “price to pay”.

          If a third liner takes out a star player in a playoff series, that third liner will gladly take any beating/suspension/fine that comes along with it. His teammates will gladly take it as well because it tips the balance of the series in their favor.

          There is no deterrent for this stuff. If teams want to play dirty, like Vancouver chose to last night, they will play dirty. The alternative is we go back to the 70s where all the stars get taken out by the goons and the end result is mutually assured destruction.

          The only deterrent is suspending coaches like Torts and players like Burrows for a very very long time for their circus antics.

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      The zucc line was on so idk how carcillo beats him up from the bench. If he comes off it then he gets suspended

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      I read on another blog that Carcillo asked AV to put him out there after the hit but AV declined. I cannot find this anywhere else on the net. Did anyone else read/hear this?

      • Apr 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

        Burrows needed to be challenged by whoever was on the ice.

        There was no need for Carcillo to go out and go after someone else and cause a line brawl or get suspended.

        Girardi was the guy to challenge Burrows and he didn’t.

        • Apr 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm

          ^ this………. discussion over.

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Right on with your post, AV just droped the ball on this one. What mental midget gave you a thumbs down, what fools!!!!!

      • Apr 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

        Thanks man, but I don’t worry a thumbs down unless it comes from Caesar and I got some gladiators or lions lurking about. 🙂

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

    There simply was no need to play the body so hard in that situation. There was less than a minute left and you’re down by 2.

    It wasn’t a hit from behind as Micheletti kept saying, but it was high and McDonagh was vulnerable as Kassian had just shoved him from behind and he was turning along the boards off balance. Burrows lasered in on him completely unphased by whether or not McDonagh was in a defenseless position.

    Burrows should get suspended simply for being so reckless and unsportsmanlike. I would venture a guess that McDonagh ‘ s left shoulder took the brunt of that hit, it seemed to drive right into the boards. Hopefully it’s just strained or bruised and not dislocated or worse.

    Just an all around crappy hit.

    I really wish Girardi and company had given Burrows more than a shove.

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I’m on board with you, Chris. Well said.

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      I hope you are kidding about not enough time to come back, so he should stop trying to hit a player.

      You are down 2 goals that puck pops out and you score you are down 1 with 30 seconds left. I want any ranger to play hard no matter how much time is left in a 2 goal game.

      Blackhawks almost scored with like 11 seconds left.

      The hit was high but I didn’t think it was reckless. If a Ranger did that I would be angry if any other disipline was handed out.

      • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm

        Not stop hitting, not stop being physical, but at a certain point –down 2 with 44 seconds left– I’d hope that you’d think twice before throwing hits that have a high probability of injury whether clean or not.

        The Burrows hit is one that would result in an injury probably 50% of the time. Earlier in games, you make the hit, if you feel it’s clean, no matter if it could result in injury.

        With 44 seconds left, though, you’re fine with players leaving the ice on stretchers, or limping or doubled over in pain? There’s no need for that level of ferocity when the game is out of hand.

        • Apr 2, 2014 at 3:39 pm

          I dont want anyone leaving on a strecher at any point in the game. I just completly disagree when you are 2 with under a minute left it is time to sit back. Especially when every lose will likely seal your playoff fate.

          Players dont have time to think the clock is under a minute I will hold off on this hit.

          Some teams pull the goalie down two in the last minute. A game is not out of hand down 2 with a minute left. Strange things can happen…down 3 or more, I will agree, but not 2 goals.

          • Apr 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm

            You play til the whistle, no matter what. I hear ya.

            But, when it comes to fierce, unnecessary hits (whether clean or not), you don’t do that in the waning seconds of a game.

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      It’s not Danny G’s game. Remember the Gaborik fight everyone got their panties in a bunch over a few years ago? Girardi was standing right there next to Gaborik as Carcillo engaged him.

      Girardi is a tough son of a bitch but he doesn’t fight, which is fine.

      • Apr 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm

        Tough BS.Tough is sticking up for your teammate who just got his ass run.If you have to take a ass whipping so be it.2nd time Girardi has stood there.Burrows didn’t even look at the puck.Your partner should have your back.How do you just stand there and do enough thing.Sacrifice for each other wins cups.

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    As much as I agree with Chris and I like the way the team has been playing, not having a heavyweight “policeman” will make the playoffs a hostile environment for this undersized Ranger team.

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      St Louis gets tossed around like a rag doll every time he is out there. It’s sad.

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    It appears to me that Burrows left his feet, his left skate seems to be in the air.

    That being said, Girardi should have pummeled this guy into the ice, St. Louis is skating away. Other Rangers are also hightailing out outta there.

    If there was any cause for a response from this “team”, this was the perfect opportunity to address this on the ice.

    For those of you old enough, shades of Dale Roff.

    Notice the hair pulling by Dave Schultz and the Rangers standing around.

    Nothing has changed with this team in 40 years. The only time I can recall was the beginning of the game against the Devils

    No one messed with us that year. And we had a pretty good run in the playoffs.

    Coincidence? I think not!

    bob m

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm


      That Dale Rolf beat down turned the entire series around against us that year.

      Dan Girardi was a major disappointment last night!!!!!

    • Apr 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I won’t look at the Rolfe clip. I saw it as it happened and I never want to see it again. It sits just ahead of the Giacomin, Ratelle/Park and Middleton trades as the low point in Ranger history.

      I don’t think Burrows or Kassian deliberately tried to hurt McD. I just think it was one of those hockey things. You know…the type where SOMEONE on the Rangers kicks the crap out of someone on the ‘Nucks in response or dies trying.

      Watching the Rangers this season I’d have a tough time making a case that nothing has changed with this team from the one 40 years ago. It hasn’t been that way the entire time, just too much of it.

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I’m torn on whether he receives supplemental discipline. He didn’t hit Mac from the back, but that is only because he turned at the last minute when he made contact with (Kasssian?). He certainly came up high and made contact with his head with his arms/shoulder. The part that I think Shanny will take a long look at is that I think this could be interpreted at predatory. He lined him up from a good 20 feet away and at that point McDonaghs back was to him for probably 18 of the 20 feet and he was clearly defenseless. Either way it was a dirty hit with 40 seconds left in a game that the Canucks were down by two goals. I don’t see more than 1-2 games suspension but wouldn’t be too surprised if he doesn’t receive anything. Is he a repeat offender?

    Isn’t burrows the same guy that nailed Staal in the balls with his stick a couple seasons ago? Didn’t Tortorella have some not so flattering words about him after that one?

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Is thay a cheap shot bu Girardi? I think it is. Maybe Torts told Burrows to hit high in retaliation for getting fired. Jk. Im no expert but what do most players get on this type of hit? A fine or suspension or nothing?

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Suspension. He hit a defenseless player and beelined before mac was turned showing intent to hit high and hard. Had mcd not been turned around he would have got an elbow to the head.

    and torts respects no one. That’s why he isn’t in my and that’s why van will fire him.

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    What makes me more sick about this cheap shot to McD is that nobody on the Rangers on the ice at that time, had the loyalty or courage to immediately drop the gloves and hand Burrows head to him. What would the Bruins have done? I don’t care if you are not a fighter, you drop your gloves for you team -mates and if need be, take a beating. What a bunch of wimps. That was disgusting to watch! You cannot send a message to other teams that they can get away with cheap shots, to especially your star players . If I were the Rangers, I would see that Burrows and the rest of the league gets the message the next time the two teams meet again. Can’t wait until we have Dylan McGrath out there.

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    94 team name the don’t fck with us players up and down the line up.Imagine Leetch being run like that.Say HEY Joey as in Kocur.

  • Apr 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

    In the movie “The Patriot” Mel Gibson (The Ghost)tells British general Cornwallis that if British don’t stop killing women and children Mel Gibson’s men will BEGIN TARGETING BRITISH OFFICERS.

    In the offseason LW Tanner Glass, RW/defenseman Deryk Engelland are bot UFA and would completely put a stop to other teams targeting Ranger stars.


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