Asked if he thought a match penalty was harsh for Wayne Simmonds, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said "to be honest, I was just happy that Simmer was still standing after the cross-check that he took across the side of the head.....I don't have a comment on any of it other than I am happy that Simmer wasn't injured." (NHL.com)
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McDonagh was penalized for hi-sticking on the play.
Marc Staal said that it was a cheap shot, "absolutely" and that there is no place for that in the game. (Gross)
Derek Stepan said that throwing a sucker punch "isn't necessary" but it was a Rangers/Flyers type of situation with both teams playing on the edge. (NY Post)
Henrik Lundqvist said after the game on MSG, "I didn't see the whole thing so it's hard for me to comment. I don't know what led up to it but it didn't look good, the half a second that I saw it. I just hope he is okay. He is a big part of this team and we need him and hopefully it's not too bad." (MSG)