Two WTF Moments highlight Opening Night


Marc Staal scored the first goal of the season during the Rangers 6-4 win over the Jets. AP Photo by Jim McIsaac via Getty Images

The Rangers were 6-4 winners in their home opener over the Winnipeg Jets at MSG. As I noted in the game recap during the previous post, the game was wild and crazy.

Here are two WTF moments that highlighted a wacky night of hockey at 33rd and 7th over Penn Station. The first actually came during player intros. Those are usually fun as each player skates out, acknowledges the cheering crowd and lines up next to their teammates.

For Lias Andersson, his introduction nearly resulted in a disaster. After coming out, he fell to the ice awkwardly. What happened?

As it turned out, Andersson tripped over a wire from a camera. He could’ve been accidentally injured. That is absolutely crazy. Cameramen have a job to do, but they should be more careful. Imagine if the reaction if Lias was hurt. Thankfully, he wasn’t and played over eight minutes on the fourth line.

The second unpredictable moment was more exciting. It came during the first period when notorious offensive defenseman Marc Staal scored the first goal of the season. It was definitely a what in the hell just happened kinda moment. Totally unexpected.

I must say when he took that puck around the net, Staal did his best Brian Leetch impersonation. Number 2 would be proud. Good for Staal, who takes so much abuse from uneducated fans, who can’t appreciate the warrior he’s been for so long.

He wasn’t perfect out there, getting victimized with partner Tony DeAngelo on Blake Wheeler’s goal. But Staal always gives an honest effort. It was nice to see him get rewarded in career game number 841 all spent as a Blueshirt. That deserves respect. Here’s a reminder.

And this in case you forgot.

Who knows? My next post could be devoted to Henrik Lundqvist the way the forgetful few are taking unnecessary shots at him following a victory. Just sad.

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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