The Eastern Conference Final began last Monday night.
The war of words commenced Sunday.
John Tortorella ripped Devils coach Pete DeBoer's "head-hunting, plain and simple" comment about Brandon Prust's elbow to the back of Anton Volchenkov's head in the second period of the New York Rangers' 3-0 win in Game 3 at the Prudential Center Saturday afternoon.
Game 4 is Monday night at The Rock. The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. They do not know if Prust will be in the lineup. Prust had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Sunday morning.
"Prust has played probably 300-plus games without any hearing. He's probably one of the most honest players," Tortorella said. "I don't know what I'm going to [do] with the lineup. I don't think he should be suspended. So I really haven't gone that far because I don't think he should be."
Prust said he was "able to talk quite a bit and just explain kind of where I was coming from on the play and just trying to get in a check before it was ...