I’ve been watching hockey pretty regularly since ’94. Now, if you were a Rangers fan what I am about to say won’t shock you at all. Dan Girardi is the epitome of the word warrior. Through the years I cannot tell you how many times this guy gave up his body for Henrik and the boys. Quick rewind to game one against Boston.
Causal. Let me just lay down in front of this Hank, don’t worry about it. If you ask any hockey player, they will do whatever they can to win a cup and thats what G was doing, just being G. What separates G from other players is a play like this.
Down 3-0 with less than two minutes to go, on a 5-3, Danny G blocks an absolute cannon from PK Subban. Were the Rangers going to come back? Again, down three goals, killing a 5 on 3 until the end of the game, the answer is no. Did it matter? No. This is one of my all time favorite plays. Call me a sick fuck, a loser, whatever, seeing a guy block a shot like this in a game that they all knew was lost is what made Dan Girardi the god damn man.
Dan ended up going to Tampa Bay which I wasn’t happy about. Essentially the Rangers had to choose between donkey boy Marc Staal and G and I think and always have thought they made the wrong decision. New team, new rink, same Dan Girardi.
Can any of you get up from blocking a shot with the side of your head? Uhhh, I think not.
Theres been a ton of players in the league and a ton more who will come and go as the years go on. I don’t think anyone of them will have the balls Girardi had, the amount of will and the level of character. Congratulations to Dan on a fantastic career. Now lets watch him beat the wheels off of Travis Zajac, ha!