McIlrath skated only 9:14 in Monday's win over San Jose, racking up four penalty minutes and two hits.

He was tagged with two roughing penalties after attempting to drop the gloves and fight the Sharks' Tomas Hertl, a decision that led coach Alain Vigneault to bench McIlrath for nearly the entire third period. The big blueliner played just two shifts for a total of 47 seconds in the final frame. That said, he did make some strong defensive plays earlier in the game. Still, with Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein both close to recovering from their respective injuries, McIlrath is likely going to get banished back to the press box soon.

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