-- New Jersey Devils
captain Zach Parise
was reminded on Sunday of the brawl that took place at Madison Square Garden back in March against the New York Rangers
in the finale of their season series.
There wasn't a player in the locker room that didn't.
Just three seconds after the opening faceoff, New Jersey's Cam Janssen
, Eric Boulton
and Ryan Carter
of the Devils were each given five minutes for fighting and defenseman Bryce Salvador
a 10-minute misconduct as a third-man in.
For the Rangers, Mike Rupp
, Stu Bickel
and Brandon Prust
were given fighting majors. Salvador's misconduct came when he interjected in the Carter-Bickel battle at which time Carter was cut and bleeding on the ice.
Parise said he doesn't expect that to happen at any stage of their upcoming series against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals that begins Monday in Manhattan.
"The intensity will be there between the teams, but, in the playoffs, you don't see line brawls like that too often or fighting, period," Parise said. "That doesn't mean the rivalry isn't there. We have to play whistle-to-whistle. As far as the fights go, I could be wrong, but you just don't see those very often in the playoffs."
Devils wing David Clarkson
expects a good, hard-fought series.
"I think it is a big rivalry, that's no secret," Clarkson said. "Over the years, it's become heated at times, but at the end of the day, you've got to win and put some things on the side … play disciplined. And that's what we intend to do."
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