Jim Schoenfeld wouldn't reveal the exact nature of Blair Betts' injury but did say the fourth-center and top penalty killer was "hurt significantly" when Donald Brashear hit him with an elbow to the head at 9:54 of the first period.
"It was a late hit to the head," Schoenfield said. "It was pretty vicious. The league will look at it and make their own ruling."
The Rangers want the NHL to review Brashear's hit, which the league undoubtedly will do. There won't be much surprise if Brashear is suspended for Tuesday's Game 7 in Washington.
But the Rangers are also angry that Brashear was allowed to play at all after he threw a push at Rangers enforcer Colton Orr (who was a healthy scratch) during the pre-game warmups as the two jawed. Schoenfeld said there are supposed to be NHL rules that prevent players from playing after engaging in pre-game hijinks.