Chris Kreider doesn’t quite know what he could or should have done differently when he shouldered Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin into the boards 21 seconds into the second period Monday, only to receive a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct when the defenseman stayed down on the ice with an apparent injury that turned out to be a charley horse.
“I pulled up, I didn’t make much contact; I almost came to a complete stop,” Kreider said following Tuesday’s practice. “The next thing I know, he’s down on the ice with some sort of an injury, [Brandon] Dubinsky is throwing punches at me, and I’m out of the game.
“I tried to do the right thing. It was bad luck, I guess. I was surprised at the call,” he said. “I don’t know; should I have pulled up completely?”
The NHL Department of Player Safety reviewed the play during the Rangers’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets before concluding that neither a hearing nor supplementary discipline of any sort would be required. The Rangers ar