When you think of players on New York Rangers who would be willing to drop the gloves with an opposing player, the first names that come to mind should be Derek Dorsett and Arron Asham. Dorsett did get on the score sheet for fighting last night, but another Rangers forward stole the show when he decided to challenge a member of Phoenix Coyotes to a scrap.
Late in the third period of the Rangers’ loss to the Coyotes, Phoenix forward Martin Hanzal laid a huge hit on New York center Derek Stepan right in front of the Phoenix bench. Although the hit was clean, Rick Nash took exception to Hanzal abusing Stepan and skated over to the Coyotes forward.
The two players exchanged words at mid-ice before simultaneously dropping the gloves. The match didn’t last long, but it didn’t have to for Nash to get his point across: I’ve got my team’s back.
Nash is known for scoring highlight-reel goals, not for his ability to fight. But in a game that the Rangers struggled in, Nash showed that even a player like himself is willing to go to war for the guys in the locker room. This shows me that there is a very strong bond between players on the Rangers, something that is very important moving forward over the course of a season.
You won’t see it often, but seeing it once was enough to prove that this team cares about each other, and fans should be very happy that the Rangers’ players have a strong bond.
Martin Burns covers the New York Rangers for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter for more thoughts on the team as well as the rest of the NHL!