During the third period of a Rangers 4-1 win over the Ducks at Madison Square Garden, Derek Stepan was hit hard by Anaheim’s Logan Shaw right into the boards. As he struggled to get to his feet, there was Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf doing Stepan a solid by helping him get up and out of the way of a scrum that ensued near the benches.
It was a cool moment. Here was Stepan in a prone position as players came together following the Shaw hit which went undetected. As Jimmy Vesey came to his aid leading to matching roughs, Getzlaf made sure Stepan didn’t suffer any further injury. It was a gentlemanly display by a player who exhibits class. Here is the video and call from MSG’s Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti:
In a game where players are giving it their all and battling, this was one of those great moments that makes hockey special. On You Can Play Project night, it was fitting.
Kudos to you, Mr. Getzlaf.