Brandon Prust Gets It


Former Blueshirt Brandon Prust knows what needed to be done the other night in response to Cody Eakin's illegal hit on Henrik Lundqvist. AP Photo via Getty Images

Former Blueshirt Brandon Prust knows what needed to be done the other night in response to Cody Eakin’s illegal hit on Henrik Lundqvist. AP Photo via Getty Images

This was from an exchange with former Ranger Brandon Prust on Twitter on the hot topic of Cody Eakin and Henrik Lundqvist. Prust posted a link to a video from YouTube in a tweet about one time when he was a Hab when he gently bumped into Lundqvist. It resulted in Kevin Klein responding and fighting Prust.

In that incident from a couple of years ago, Prust is right when he said his former teammate embellished it. I responded to his tweet and said he did but not the other night. That prompted this response from a gritty Broadway Blueshirt who didn’t back down in such situations:

I think it’s important to note that Prust agreed with my sentiment in a post that has gotten plenty of attention on Facebook. You can’t just sit back and let your goalie get run. Intentional or not, it was unbelievable that not one of the five Ranger skaters did anything following Eakin’s hit that sent Lundqvist flying and into concussion protocol before returning to shutout the Stars.

Under Alain Vigneault, the Rangers play a certain way. They turn the other cheek too often. In the playoffs, it gets tougher. The battles are more intense. That includes better teams having players drive the net and make it harder on goalies. Maybe they could use Dylan McIlrath. Only he’s a Panther and plays sparingly.

If that situation happens again, the Blueshirts better respond appropriately. Otherwise, they become the laughingstock of the league despite their record. You can’t allow teams to push you around. A message must be sent. Tonight is Game 33 of 82 against a pesky Nashville team. You know they’ll come hard. We’ll see what happens.

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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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