The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils tensions for each other came to a boil Monday, as three seconds into the tri-state match-up at Madison Square Garden the gloves were dropped, fists flew and blood was spilled on the ice.
After the brawl finished, 50 minutes worth of penalties minutes were given out, however, issues didn't seem to be resolved between each teams as the Rangers' head coach John Tortorella and Devils' headman Pete DeBoer continued to exchange blows, but with their mouths, in the post-game.
"I guess in John's world you can come into our building and start your tough guys, but we can't do the same here," DeBoer told reporters. "He's either got short-term memory loss or he's a hypocrite."
"It's none of my business, I don't coach that team," Tortorella said of the Devils. "I do what I have to do with my team. I don't coach his team so it's none of my business."
The fight stemmed for a Dec. 20 meeting between the two Atlantic Division rivals, when Tortorella, who was the away coach and is required to set the game's starting lineup, started his fourth line of fighters. On Monday, DeBoer did the same.
Livid that DeBoer elected to start his fourth line of fighters, Tortorella was seen screaming and cursing toward the Devils bench before the puck dropped. And although Tortorella denied saying anything to DeBoer, DeBoer fired right back in a postgame press conference with reporters.
Here's the video of the Rangers, Devils fight from Monday night:
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