Source: Pacioretty off hook for McDonagh hit
Montreal's Max Pacioretty will not face any supplementary discipline for his hit Saturday on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
Pacioretty had a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety Sunday about the hit, which forced McDonagh from the game at 7:20 of the second period of the Habs' 3-0 win in Montreal. Pacioretty earned a boarding minor on the play; McDonagh did not return to the game.
After his team was shut out at the Bell Centre, a game in which the Rangers also lost their other top-pair defenseman Dan Girardi to injury, coach John Tortorella vented about the hit.
"How high did Pacioretty jump on his hit?" Tortorella asked. "[Can] anybody give me an answer?"
The Rangers are 0-2-1 in their last three games, with both losses coming against the Canadiens.
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