Rangers Head Coach Gerard Gallant Calls T.J. Oshie’s Hit On Ryan Lindgren A “Bad Hit, Dirty Hit”

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Saturday’s Capitals-Rangers game was nothing out of the ordinary for the two teams when they do battle. Plenty of hitting, penalties and assorted unpleasantries were prevent right from the opening faceoff. The first period also feature a controversial hit by Capitals forward T.J. Oshie.

The play in question happened in the first period of Saturday’s Capitals-Rangers matinee. Oshie levied a hit on Rangers defensem an Ryan Lindgren, who fell awkwardly into the boards and then down to the ice.

Lindgren would leave the game and not return. After the game Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant said there was no update on Lindgren. “Day-to-day. You’ll know more tomorrow.”

Gallant also provided his thoughts on the hit. He said he likes Oshie, but “bad hit, dirty hit. He’s got no chance to protect himself. I’m disappointed it wasn’t a five-minute major. For me, it’s a cheap hit.”

Today’s loss against the Capitals is the Rangers’ fourth consecutive defeat. Despite the thrashing in D.C., Gallant’s team is on the schedule tomorrow, taking on the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden, and like the Caps, who ended a six-game skid, the veteran bench boss hopes his squad will come out in a similar fashion.

“When you get your asses kicked like we did today, hopefully you’ll come back tomorrow and be ready to go real hard. Sometimes that’s a good thing.”

Capitals Head Coach Peter Laviolette also shared his thoughts on Oshie’s play. “His physicality, his offense, you could see it in his strides and in his purpose on the ice. He was really good”, said the Washington bench boss.

Lindgren is the brother of Capitals goaltender Charlie Lindgren, who was the backup for starter Darcy Kuemper in the Caps’ victory over New York.

By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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5 Responses to Rangers Head Coach Gerard Gallant Calls T.J. Oshie’s Hit On Ryan Lindgren A “Bad Hit, Dirty Hit”

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Sounds like Oshie apologizes. Hard to say for sure.

  2. James says:

    Good for you, T J. Your trade value just went up a tick. You’ve been one of my favorites. Ciao. But DON’T trade Kuznetsov. He’s the most offensively talented Cap (with the exception of Ovi) we’ve ever had. And I’m old enough to remember Gartner and Bondra.

  3. Steve says:

    If it were only Warren Foegle instead of Lindgren…..

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