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A brief place-setting and match listing from Travis Hughes at SBN:
Rangers coach John Tortorella and Devils coach Peter DeBoer were jawing at one another before the game, perhaps as a result of the lineup card handed in by New Jersey. Nevertheless, when the lineups came out for each team, New York had an equal amount of firepower ready:
Devils: Eric Boulton, Cam Janssen, Ryan Carter, Marek Zidlicky, Bryce Salvador
Rangers: Brandon Prust, Brandon Dubinsky, Stu Bickel, Mike Rupp, Marc Staal
That’s a good way to assure some bloodshed. The players all knew what they were out there to do, the fans knew it was coming, and everybody watching at home knew what was coming. Then, it happened.
I guess I’ve got the wrong perspective on professional sports, but what’s so bad about the New Orleans Saints setting up bounties to injure opposing players when hockey is premeditating gang fights? Hockey fights are cool and all, derp derp, but when they happen with entire teams before hockey has been...
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In last night's postgame analysis of the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Devils at Madison Square Garden, I included a recap of the events that took place between the opposing benches before the puck dropped for the opening faceoff. As I said yesterday, I was seated directly behind the benches, so was fortunate enough to get a first-hand view of John Tortorella's explosion...
Head coach John Tortorella met with the media following Tuesday's practice in New York, and as I posted on the blog yesterday, had a mouthful to say about New Jersey Devils head coach Pete Deboer and the situation that was created at the beginning of the rivalry match-up on Monday. Also, Tortorella made some other comments about the work that still needs to be done moving forward...
While their respective teams were busy fighting on the ice Monday, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella fired back at New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer one day later.
After DeBoer called Tortorella a "hypocrite" for objecting to his starting lineup of enforcers, the latter responded with two words: "Shut up!"
The Atlantic Division rivals didn't waste...
The Rangers power play was 0 for 5 on Saturday, and is currently in an 0 for 9 slump, but John Tortorella feels Mats Zuccarello has sparked the man-up unit (via Bergen Record)..."When you're on a power play, the way we judge it, this is our movement with and without it and are generating momentum within the game and we certainly did. Zucc has really added with his shot and...
What have we here? Two bitter rivals in close proximity? Check. Mutual hatred amongst fans? Check. Opposing players criticizing one another in the media? Check. And now, it seems, the head coaches aren't exactly the best of friends, either.
The Rangers and Devils played the last of three recently spirited matchups tonight to close out their season series, and started it off...
John Tortorella spoke about how the team played to its identity in the win over New Jersey that clinched a playoff berth. He also spoke about the line brawl that opened up Monday night's game and how it could have been -- and should have been -- avoided....
Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan, and Brandon Prust chatted about clinching a playoff berth, Monday's intense victory...
Bergen Record - Rangers' John Tortorella says Devils coach should 'just shut up'New York Post - Rangers’ Tortorella: Devils coach needs to ‘shut up’New York Post - Devils coach DeBoer heeds Torts’ 'shut up' adviceDaily News - Torts still hot after Blueshirts' brawlWall Stret Journal - It's Always Fight Night at the GardenNewsday - Tortorella blames...
Courtesy of Tonight's Healthy Scratches, in what other sport can you see something like this three seconds into a professional game?!? Watch the video below, and you'll see why hockey is awesome; as there's no better way to start a game than with three simultaneous fights and blood flying all over the place:
That is how you announce an unexpected brawl on...
The New York Rangers needed a response tonight and they got it. The Rangers needed two points to spread their lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the East, and they got them. The Rangers needed to clinch a playoff spot with a win against their rivals and they got it. Tonight’s 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden was all you could’ve...
Pat Leonard at the Daily News has John Tortorella's thoughts on the recently recalled Tim Erixon..."He looks a little stronger out of his uniform. He makes a great pass to Step, just a really patient play. That's what we're hoping to get out of him, is someone to get us out of our end zone, can add something to our second power play. There's some work to be done...
John Tortorella talked Mats Zuccarello and Tim Erixon as well as explained where his team's focus is heading down the stretch of the season...For Dan Girardi's thoughts on the Rangers recent play, click the "Read More" tab below.
Dan Girardi discusses how the team is attacking its latest challenge in trying to hold on to first place in the Eastern Conference...
The New York Rangers may have lost two straight games to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche, but they will still have the opportunity to officially clinch a playoff spot with at least a point in tonight's match-up with the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. With both the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets losing on Sunday, the Blueshirts' magic...
It was an interesting rock em sock em Monday Night. Hey maybe next time the coaches can go at it. Enjoy the videos.
Have a great night and stay classy John Tortorella!
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...