By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
There are some that say staged fights to start a game should be eradicated from the league – understandable. There are others who will even go as far as saying that fighting should be banned from the game entirely. Maybe it’s those people who are too concerned with fighters being fighters that really can’t appreciate a good rivalry when they see one or that choose to omit a well-played game.
This was no more apparent than in last night’s playoff-like bout between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils – division rivals and long-time foes. Both teams were at it before the game even started. And surprisingly, the players weren’t even involved – at least not before the game started.
Seconds before the puck dropped, Rangers head coach, John Tortorella, was shown on the NBC Sports Network screaming toward the New Jersey bench when Devils head coach, Pete DeBoer, was adamant about putting all of his heavyweights out on to the ice. To...