Video of Day: McIlrath draws with Boll

Our Video of Day features Dylan McIlrath taking on Jared Boll in a fight at center ice. Following two big hits he delivered on Blue Jackets, McIlrath was challenged by Boll off a face off. A veteran, Boll is a tough customer. So, it was a good bout between the experienced fighter and the up and comer.

My brother gave the decision to McIlrath. But it really was a draw. Both got good shots in and neither was punished or knocked down. Afterwards, a classy gesture by Boll giving McIlrath a tap on the jersey before each went to the penalty box.

Big Mac shifted to wing with Jesper Fast out due to the flu. He only received seven shifts logging 4:54 all at even strength on the fourth line. However, coach Alain Vigneault didn’t play him in the third period. What could be the harm in giving the natural defenseman a shift five-on-five? He defends his position well and protects the front of the net.

Once Fast returns which could be Thursday when the Rangers take on the Penguins for the first of three meetings in March, McIlrath will go back to the press box. Vigneault continues to go with veteran Dan Boyle along with mainstays Dan Girardi and Marc Staal. Neither of who will be scratched unless one is hurt. You can make the case for McIlrath for Boyle in some games. But this is the path Vigneault has chosen.

At least McIlrath is a gamer. He can be counted on.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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1 Response to Video of Day: McIlrath draws with Boll

  1. umpiresblog says:

    I am glad they won but the defense in the last min was awful. With under 10 seconds to go how do you not cover the only guy in front of the net


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