Punching Chris Neil rallies Rangers


Do fights really make a difference in hockey? That answer can vary during the regular season in particular, but they tend to have more potential to inspire during the playoffs. Katie Strang reports that the New York Rangers claimed that happened against the Ottawa Senators tonight when Brandon Prust dropped the gloves with lightning rod forward Chris Neil:

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Stay tuned for a Neil quote that surely will make him even more despised by the Rangers and their fans. (Yes, it’s possible.)

Players, coaches and even Bill Goldberg loved Devils-Rangers brawl


John Tortorella wasn’t thrilled with the way last night’s New Jersey Devils-New York Rangers game began – with three fights on the opening faceoff – and he’s not alone.

Still, plenty of people have been vocal about their “approval,” as you can see in this article by Bill Beacon of The Canadian Press. From tougher guys like Montreal Canadiens player Ryan White to high-scoring New York Islanders forward John Tavares, plenty of people have shared their pleasure with the fights.

NBC’s own Keith Jones has spoken out against “staged” squabbles before, but the former Philadelphia Flyer couldn’t contain his glee for the unusual spectacle:

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It didn’t just entertain and excite hockey people, though, as professional wrestler (Bill) Goldberg hyped up the battle in a Tweet. (Who knows how excited he would have gotten if someone was “speared” during the fights.)

Brandon Dubinsky might regret fighting tonight


The pressure’s been on for New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky to turn his season around, but perhaps he took the wrong course to make a big impact tonight. Dubinsky hurt his hand in tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils and won’t return, according to Steve Zipay.

ESPN’s Katie Strang points out that Dubinsky hasn’t been in action since he dropped the gloves with Ryan Carter. It’s pretty easy to put two and two together on that one, wouldn’t you say?

Here’s the scuffle in question, via Hockey Fights:

Hope it was worth it …

Another tepid revenge: Chris Kunitz “fights” Max Pacioretty


If this week has a specific theme, it might be called Revenge Served Lukewarm Week.

First, there was Rene Bourque “paying” for his hit on Nicklas Backstrom by beating up Matt Hendricks. (Hendricks would argue that it was about the principle of the matter, but many are probably skeptical about that.)

Friday brought another chance for some icy frontier justice, but the check Chris Kunitz threw was far better revenge than the “fight” he had with Max Pacioretty, who gave Kris Letang a concussion the last time the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins met.

Yup, that will definitely make Pacioretty think twice about headhunting the Penguins’ stars.

Once again, it seems that the best way to get revenge will be to do so on the scoreboard. The Capitals beat the Habs in that regard, but so far Montreal holds a 4-2 lead against the Penguins. Interestingly enough, both Pacioretty and Letang have a goal so far in tonight’s contest.

Shawn Thornton and Cam Janssen punch each other repeatedly


Mike Rupp probably said it best during HBO 24/7: New Jersey Devils tough guy Cam Janssen will just keep fighting and fighting. He’s the NHL enforcer’s answer to the Energizer Bunny.

Check out his latest marathon fight, as he took on rugged Boston Bruins winger Shawn Thornton:

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