To gauge the reaction from the opposing side of the hit, I popped into Blueshirt Banter yesterday, and it was pretty venomous. The first response I got was an insult, but honestly I expected that.
What I didn't expect were claims that Pacioretty jumped 6 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, and a foot in the air to hit McDonagh. Personally, I didn't see a jump in the replay at all, as Pacioretty's feet were on the ice until contact was made.
Boy was I wrong though! A new video of the hit has surfaced, and it turns out that not only were the Rangers fans right that Pacioretty jumped, he also laid a nice elbow. And they may have even underestimated how high he jumped.
What a blunder by Shanahan! How could he have messed this one up so bad?