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If you thought the New York Rangers' Friday night tilt with the Florida Panthers would be little more than a breezy tuneup for the Winter Classic, you thought wrong. While the Rangers would indeed open up a three-goal lead early and coast to a 4-1 victory, the game was certainly not without incident.
Tensions erupted with the Panthers' net empty late in the third period, as Michael Del Zotto and Tomas Kopecky's battle in front of the net escalated at a pretty scary pace.
First, the two gentlemen jostled for position. Then, Del Zotto crosschecked Kopecky in the head. Then, Kopecky took umbrage to this and sucker-punched Del Zotto with a nasty right hook.
That's ugly. But keep watching. There's more.
As tensions erupted and the officials stepped in to separate the two teams, Michael Rupp expressed his disapproval with Kopecky's sucker punch by yanking the Panthers' winger away from the officials and peppering him with blows to the head.
Expectedly, he was ...
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Rangers Basher Mike Rupp got revenge against Tomas Kopecky of the Florida Panthers by pounding him in the face hockey style. Kopecky deserved every bit of that bit down for his cheap shot in front of the goal. This is hockey at its finest! The Rangers won the game 4-1.
Our good friend Patrick Hoffman of PowerScout Hockey takes a look at the reemergence of New York Rangers defensemen Michael Del Zotto. In 34 games this season, the 21-year-old Rangers’ defenseman has 4 goals and 17 assists for 21 points. That is tops for Blueshirts’ defenseman and 15th in the NHL in defensemen scoring. What is [...]
NEW YORK—New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto and Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky have been fined $2,500 apiece, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for their respective actions during an altercation in NHL Game No. 553 in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday, Dec.30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
HBO’s 24/7 series for the NHL Winter Classic rolled along last night with the inside look at the Rangers ugly sweater Christmas party. The highlight was obviously this reindeer 3-way sweater worn by defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who’s just 21-years-old. We keep hearing NY & Philly bloggers raving about this show because there are lots of f-bombs and reindeer three-ways....
With just seven seconds to go in last night's game Florida's Tomas Kopecky sucker punched Michael Del Zotto in the face after the two battled in front of the net......To which Mike Rupp took exception to and decided to do this......and that is why the Rangers signed Rupp this summer. If you mess with the Rangers skill players you will have to deal with Rupp.And Torts'...
The NHL really has its safety issue well in hand. Just ask NY Ranger Michael Del Zotto.
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SUNRISE, Fla. -- When Michael Del Zotto’s stick ended up getting into the face of Tomas Kopecky with 10 seconds left in last night’s 4-1 Rangers’ win, it looked like a hard hockey play. It was certainly a crosscheck, and a high one at that, but a hockey...
With 8 seconds left during the Rangers 4-1 win over the Panthers.
Florida Tomas Kopecky: 10 minutes, match penalty
NY Rangers Mike Rupp: 5 minutes, fighting
NY Rangers Mike Rupp: 10 minutes, game misconduct
NY Rangers Michael Del Zotto: 2 minutes, hi-sticking
Florida Krystofer Barch: 10 minutes, misconduct
HBO’s 24/7 series has had many great moments already this season as it follows the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers as they prepare for the Winter Classic, but in my estimation, the appearance in Episode 3 of the above sweater, worn by Rangers defenseman Michael DelZotto at the team’s “Ugly Sweater” holiday party, has [...]
Tempers erupted in the final seconds of the Panthers’ loss to the Rangers, and forward Tomas Kopecky is likely to be suspended as a result.
PHILADELPHIA — A year ago the Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal came back from injury just in time for the Winter Classic. This year, brother Marc likely won't be so lucky. Only recently cleared for contact after a lengthy battle with post-concussion syndrome, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will be ...