Max Domi doesn’t get Rangers’ ‘overreaction’ to ‘play nothing’

The company line for the Hurricanes following the Max Domi-inflicted punches at the end of Game 3 was to poke fun at the Rangers’ reaction to the situation.

Domi himself would agree.

“It was literally a game of nothing,” Domi told the Post Tuesday morning in reference to his counter-check to Ryan Lindgren that sent sparks flying. “I’m not sure what the big overreaction is. A little counter check is no big deal.”

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant was visibly upset after the game when he was caught on camera berating Carolina defenseman Tony DeAngelo and used his post-game press conference to discuss the Hurricanes’ handling of the end of the game, which Rangers won 3-1.

“Domi took a cheap shot at our defender,” Gallant said. “You have a long memory. You think about things like I said [the shoe] might one day be on the other foot.”

Hurricanes forward Max Domi (13) crosses Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren at the end of Game 3 on Sunday.
Hurricanes forward Max Domi (13) crosses Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren at the end of Game 3 on Sunday.
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Though Gallant had calmed down the next time he spoke in front of a camera, it’s clear the situation has changed in how Rangers approach the series.

“I guess the guys are feeling a little braver knowing that scrums like this are probably going to go nowhere,” Rangers enforcer-in-chief Ryan Reaves said Monday. “I wish I was definitely a little faster in the scrum. I was a little behind, but I wish I’d caught him first.”

Lindgren has played through injury this postseason, struggling visibly at times and taking a puck to the face once in Game 2 to add to his troubles. That has undoubtedly increased Rangers’ feelings about the situation.

“Hey, they can do whatever they want,” said Domi. “We’re just worried about the win. One thing – and that is trying to win this game tonight. So for me it’s all noise, all distraction. Just get ready to go tonight and try to take care of business.”

Domi had little interest in fanning the flames. While Rangers are happy to admit the series has gotten nastier – and might even say they like it that way – Domi said he didn’t see much of a difference between Game 1, which saw only one penalty awarded to each team, and now .

Ryan Lindgren went after Max Domi after being screened.
Ryan Lindgren went after Max Domi after being screened.
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“We have our way of playing and we stick to that,” he said. “It works for us. We don’t have to change much.”

Though Gallant paid lip service to avoiding a stupid play in the name of responding to Domi and DeAngelo, he’s pleased his team is playing with an advantage.

“I don’t think it hurts us a bit,” he said. “I think it helps us.”

Does it even matter to the man who started the whole situation?

“Not even a little,” said Domi. “literally means nothing to us.” Max Domi doesn’t get Rangers’ ‘overreaction’ to ‘play nothing’


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