Kevin Shattenkirk admitted it was pretty surreal to see his name and number on a Rangers’ sweater for the first time Tuesday afternoon at his introductory press conference.
Nearly three weeks after agreeing to terms on a four-year free agent contract with the team he grew up loving as a kid, Shattenkirk was still pinching himself over the opportunity to live out a childhood dream.
I am really privileged to play in the NHL every day, and I don’t take it for granted, but to have it now with my favorite team, that really hits home, offered the 28-year-old Shattenkirk, who grew up in New Rochelle 30 miles north of Madison Square Garden.
As he did Friday, with a tweet critical of Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby for an altercation with Predators star defenseman P.K. Subban during Thursday’s 6-0 Pittsburgh victory in Game 6. After a short skirmish behind the net, Subban wound up prone near the end boards and Crosby pushed his helmet into the ice several times.
Later, Crosby was seated on the bench and gesticulating for an official to call a slashing penalty and a water bottle slipped out of his left hand and onto the ice:
I love Sidney Crosby and hate the play on Subban and the immature, pettish throwing of the water bottle on the ice.
The debate died there, although neither mentioned that the play in question led to both Subban and Crosby being penalized, which led to a 4-on-4 situation near the end of the first period. And Crosby’s teammate, Evgeni Malkin, punctuated that situation with a searing shot over Pekka Rinne’s glove hand for a 3-0 lead.
Even when Crosby is dragged into the muck, it can lead to hockey magic.