Thursday, February 18, 2016

Watch: Komarov Tossed for Nasty Head Shot on McDonagh

In his second game after returning from a concussion that he suffered when he was sucker-punched by Wayne Simmonds on February 6, Ryan McDonagh was treated with malice and disregard once again. This time the culprit was Toronto's Leo Komarov, the rugged Maple Leafs forward. Komarov caught McDonagh with a totally uncalled for elbow to the head as the Rangers captain was trying to maneuver the puck away from Nazem Kadri.

After missing four games, McDonagh was cleared to play in last night's game against Chicago at Madison Square Garden. But he left the game and did not return in the second period in Toronto after the hit by Komarov.

According to Rangers beat writer Steve Zipay, several Rangers were disappointed with the hit.

Derek Stepan scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:31 left and the Rangers went on to win the game, 4-2.

We'll know more about what the NHL's Department of Player Safety has planned for Komarov tomorrow.
It's not the first time that Komarov has been ejected for targeting a player with prior concussion issues this season: