Monday, February 8, 2016

Kevin Hayes Gets Misconduct for Flipping Broken Stick into Crowd

Update/Post-Game Post: This is what Hayes told media about the play: “No, I didn’t know anything about [a rule against throwing a broken stick into the crowd]. I’m trying to get the fans involved a bit,” Hayes said. “If I did, I wouldn’t have did it. (But) it’s over.”

Kevin Hayes was probably just trying to be helpful. Or maybe he was bored and lonely, being all by himself along the boards. Nah, truth is, he wanted that broken stick off the ice so he could have a clear path to catch a stretch pass in case one came--but intentions get you nowhere in this NHL. The big, burly right wing was given a 10-minute misconduct on this play. More important--nobody got hurt. At least not that we know of.

The Rangers lead the Devils 1-0 after two on the strength of a Kevin Klein PP goal.