NY, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – New York Rangers defenseman John Moore was banned a pair of games for his third-period hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night.
The Habs won 7-4 and forced a game six Thursday in New York.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault didn’t think the play merited further punishment and said so before the suspension was handed down.
“It doesn’t meet the league standard as far as a late hit,” Vigneault told reporters Wednesday morning in Montreal. “It was a hit that Johnny caught him a little high in the chest; player didn’t see it coming. It probably warrants the penalty that was given on the ice. Other than that, I don’t see what else it could warrant, but I’ve been surprised before.”