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Rangers coach slams Islanders for ‘vicious’ hits in rivalry game.

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The New York Rangers’ head coach was disappointed after his team’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

However, Peter Laviolette was not dissatisfied with the two-point loss in regulation. Instead, the Rangers’ head coach was enraged by two hits against his squad that he described as “vicious.”

Oh, how ironic.

Near the midway point of the third period, Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad collided with Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech. Zibanejad bore the brunt of the strike, which Laviolette later said was intentional.

“He recovered at the end from that vicious hit. He came back. That violent shoulder with the elbow to the head. “Watch it,” Laviolette advised.

However, Islanders head coach Patrick Roy sees it differently — as do the officials and the majority of fans who do not support the Rangers.

“No, that was an accident. The referee was in a great position to witness it. I was more concerned that Pelly might get harmed on that one. [Zibanejad] was the one who struck Pelly. It was completely inadvertent. “There is no doubt in my mind,” Roy stated.

“To be honest, I have no idea why we are discussing this. I am a little astonished. It’s evident to me that it was an accident. We could talk about it for an hour if you want, but I believe we are wasting our time. Roy determined that it was an accident.

Roy’s evaluation is bang on. Zibanejad and Pelech were not looking at each other, Pelech’s feet were not moving, and the contact was simply inadvertent.

Later in the third period, Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson delivered a check on Rangers winger Vincent Trocheck that clearly deserved to be penalized for boarding.

However, there was no penalty during the play.

Nonetheless, the Rangers’ head coach was furious with Dobson’s strike and did not mince words in expressing his displeasure.

“Vicious, from behind,” remarked Laviolette. “It was difficult out there tonight to get through all of that. It was difficult, but our team persevered till the end.”

Granted, Laviolette makes a stronger case, emphasizing Dobson’s hit over Pelech’s. However, describing both hits as violent is a little exaggerated.

“Sometimes, frustration makes you say things,” Roy remarked of Laviolette.

That’s a beautiful way to describe it from the Islanders’ head coach.

Fans of the New Jersey Devils are undoubtedly mocking Laviolette’s statements.

The Devils and Rangers recently concluded a heated set of games including Matt Rempe and a number of illegal checks.

First, it was a knock to the head for Devils forward Nathan Bastian, who has been out since their February match. Then there was an illegal elbow to the head of Devils defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler, which resulted in a concussion.

Rempe received a match penalty for his attack on Bastian, followed by a four-game suspension for elbowing Siegenthaler.

“I think Rempe has done a great job of coming in and providing physical presence to all the games that he’s played in, not just to talk about the New Jersey Devils,” Laviolette said. “There was an event that required the league to take action. We attempted to communicate with Matt and teach him what he is permitted and capable of doing on the ice. However, he has been a very effective player for us in terms of game play. There are several games where we believe a stronger presence would be beneficial.

We attempted to communicate with Matt and teach him what he is permitted and capable of doing on the ice. However, he has been a very effective player for us in terms of game play. There are several games where we believe a stronger presence would be beneficial. So we’ve used him in those games, and he’s done an outstanding job, and that’s how we’ll approach the rest of the season.

It’s odd that he chose to be diplomatic about his own player rather than express his dissatisfaction with an unintentional contact and a lot less impactful check on Trocheck. Especially after Devils interim head coach Travis Green was perplexed by Laviolette’s rage at him last week.

“I look over and Peter is ranting and talking to me. I am more than willing to go talk to him. And I have no idea why Peter [Laviolette] was angry. To be honest, I have two motives. For starters, their players were preparing battles prior to the faceoff. And, none of this would have happened, which we all know is why it happened tonight, but none of it would have happened if something [hadn’t] happened in the previous game, which they obviously didn’t want to happen in that game. So I’m not sure why Peter would have been unhappy. And again, it’s not my fault that he’s upset.”

The Rangers and Islanders face off again on Saturday. Another nationally televised contest. Perhaps the Rangers will have another brawl this weekend.

 

 

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