The New York Rangers had just received defenseman and team captain Ryan McDonagh back after a concussion when he was hit in the head for a second time in a month’s span – but according to McDonagh, he absolved his second offender of any blame for his hit.
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, McDonagh has confirmed that he doesn’t blame Komarov for the jaw contusion he received from a high elbow by the forward earlier last week, which resulted in a three game suspension for Komarov and more missed time for New York’s captain.
“[Komarov] did try to apologize during the game, but I was showering so we didn’t meet up. But he did message me, so I was real appreciative of that,” said McDonagh via the Post.
“You wish those hits were never a part of the game, but obviously they’re going to happen because it’s a fast-paced game and things can happen sometimes without the intent that it sometimes looks like,”
Despite a sore jaw and neck spasms as a consequence of the hit, the blue liner is at least travelling with his club; while he won’t play Tuesday, he does have a chance to re-enter the lineup later in the week.
Komarov himself expressed remorse over the outcome of the hit, but did admit that he won’t be changing his style of play to try to avoid the occasional dirty outcome from a hard-hitting game.