The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils said all the politically correct words after Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals concluded Monday night, but make no mistake:
The war of words had gestated into simply a war.
"Two teams battling it out," was Peter DeBoer's assessment of the extracurricular activities that marked the Devils' 4-1 win over the Rangers at the Prudential Center that evened the series at 2-2. Game 5 is Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Zach Parise scored twice in the third for New Jersey, while Bryce Salvador and Travis Zajac scored first-period goals. Ruslan Fedotenko scored in the third to get the Rangers to within 3-1, but that was all the comeback New York could muster.
Martin Brodeur made 28 saves for New Jersey while Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 29 shots.
"You have two competitive teams. There's a lot at stake. Battling to the buzzer," DeBoer cliched.
Both teams spent the evening exchanging cross words, cross-checks, and left-an...