Rangers’ Gerard Gallant sends Hurricanes warning to cut the ‘bulls–t’
New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant didn’t like what went down in the closing minutes of Game 3 one bit.
At the end of Sunday’s huge 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, known little agitator Max Domi took a cheap shot at Ryan Lindgren. That started a scrum with Lindgren wrestling Domi to the ice.
As that was going on, known chipper Tony DeAngelo was saying something towards Gerard Gallant and the Rangers bench. The Rangers head coach put up a hand gesture indicating DeAngelo talks too much and shouted “shut the f–k up” back at him.
After the game, Gallant did not mince words and issued a stern warning.
Rangers send message to Hurricanes
“I wasn’t happy with the bullshit at the end of the game they initiated,” Gallant explained. “We didn’t do that when the games were close. They want to put their guys on that’s fine. If they want to play like that we’ve got the guys that can match that.”
The head coach is undoubtedly talking about Ryan Reaves, who despite having only three fighting majors this season is still considered one of the NHL’s top enforcers.
“They’re not sending any message,” Gallant stated. “We got the guy that can handle all their guys if we want to. We didn’t do it like that, but Domi took a cheap shot at our defenseman. You got a long memory in this. You think about things, like I said, it might be on the other foot someday.”
Gallant probably took extra exception that it was on Lindgren, who is undoubtedly not playing at 100% in the playoffs having missed several games in Round 1 against the Penguins.
Hurricanes play dumb
The Hurricanes apparently don’t know what Gerard Gallant is referencing in his post game comments.
Head coach Rod Brind’Amour was asked about is several times after the game and said he didn’t see anything.
“I didn’t see what happened– so I can’t comment,” he said. “I didn’t catch [the exchange with DeAngelo and Gallant]– so I can’t comment.”
DeAngelo on the other hand decided to respond to the exchange by only saying, “[Gallant] must’ve been excited about the win.”
I’m pretty sure this isn’t over.
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