Tempers flared— both on the ice and between the benches— after Mike Rupp of the New York Rangers shoved New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur after getting called for a penalty during the third period of last night's matchup at the Prudential Center.
After Rupp was told to leave the ice, players from both teams got into a scrum in front of the Devils' net and the head coaches from both teams got into a verbal screaming match from their respective benches.
John Tortorella and Peter DeBoer looked like they were using a lot of colorful language to accuse each other's team of using dirty play.
Would you expect anything less than this at a Devils-Rangers Stanley Cup playoff game?
Rupp— a former teammate of Brodeur— received 14 penalty minutes last night— including the 10-minute misconduct that set off the fisticuffs and finger-pointing.
New Jersey won the game 4-1 and the Eastern Conference Finals is now tied at 2-2. The game moves back to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night and it probably won't be pretty.
The good news? At least Torts is talking to someone.