Ain’t it strange how things go. Some guy named John Moore gets two games for giving Dale Weise what looks to be a concussion, and very soon Moore will have to have his brain analyzed by doctors as they study why some people are more stupid than others.
The Rangers become short a defenceman going into a crucial game 6. Some of their toughness, for lack of a better word, is now on the sidelines. The Canadiens, seeing their fallen comrade Weise take an illegal blow in the heat of the action, dig down and find the wherewithal in hurting the Rangers where it hurts the most.
Not the gonads. The series.
Full disclosure here. I’d never heard of John Moore until the series began. Am I bad?
But here’s some of his numbers:
2 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11.
67 games with the Jackets in 2011-12
17 games with the Jackets in 2012-13 and13 games with the Rangers in the same year.
74 games this season with the Rangers.
173 NHL games and I had never heard of him. I gotta start paying more attention. But I see in looking at his scoring and penalty numbers during his time in the league, he’s a bum with 7 goals, 22 assists, and 40 PIM in those 173 games.
And in this postseason he’s also a bum, with 1 assist and 16 penalty minutes in 17 games.
So what if they lose this guy? He’s a non-entity. A bum. Why couldn’t it be Ryan McDonagh. This guy Moore? He’s nothing. He’s like an extra in the Ten Commandants.
Do I think two games is enough? Sure, why not?
It takes it to the end of the series. Any more than that wouldn’t affect me if the Habs aren’t involved. If it had occurred earlier in the series, like the start, I’d say give him seven games. If the series was midway through, give him four games.
But now going into game six, give him two, he’s gone, and we don’t have to figure out who he is and why he isn’t selling vacuum cleaners door to door.
And hopefully Dale Weise is okay and ready to go when the boys tackle the Western Conference champs. Because when Dale is going, the team seems to be going. A character player deluxe.