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Peter DeBoer calls John Tortorella a “hypocrite” over line brawl mayhem

Mar 20, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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Last night’s Devils-Rangers game that kicked off with a line brawl glued eyes to the TVs and fired up the outrage machine across the hockey landscape. The guy most angry last night, however, was Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

Rangers coach John Tortorella was seen barking at DeBoer before the drop of the puck over the line he put out to start the game and DeBoer didn’t care very much for that at all. Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice gets the rant from DeBoer over fight night at the Garden.

“I guess in John’s world you can come into our building and start your tough guys, but we can’t do the same in here,” DeBoer said. “He’s either got short-term memory loss or he’s a hypocrite. So it’s one of the other.”

What he’s referring to is the Devils-Rangers game in New Jersey on December 20 that saw an eerily similar starting five that the Rangers put out to start last night’s game to counter the Devils’ big boy unit.

Last night the Devils put out a line of Eric Boulton, Ryan Carter, and Cam Janssen to start the game, something that Tortorella didn’t much care for. He countered by sending out Mike Rupp, Brandon Prust, and Brandon Dubinsky. On the opening faceoff, Dubinsky stepped out and let tough guy defenseman Stu Bickel take his place. Giddy up!

For what it’s worth, Tortorella wouldn’t bite on commenting on last night’s fisticuffs or on what DeBoer had to say.

If you missed the three-way fight last night, check it out here.

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  1. thehairychestsportsblog - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Caps own the Rangers in the playoffs. Ovie is on fire and Backsrom is skating again….Caps in 7…get at me here when it happens…..

    • hartsy19 - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      I used to be an “I know more than you” commenter as well. Then I realized it’s the NHL and that’s not how this works.

      • sabatimus - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Well said.

    • snoop0323 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      what do the caps have to do with a rangers/devils brawl..err..game? ovie scored last night. congrats. now, go back to that nice “ovie being all captain-like” article and enjoy it while you can. the caps are going nowhere in the playoffs, same as always.

  2. quizguy66 - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Classy move by Dubinsky stepping out so someone else can do his battles for him. The guy calls out players like Clarkson (who has no problem droppin’ em with anyone) who whooped him. Then, when he has a chance to show what he’s made of, Dubinsky retreats to the blue line to watch. What a joke.

    -QG

    • gaborik104life - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Torts told him to move. Dubinsky fighting carter is a waste of time for Dubi. Carter showed he is a better fighter last game although it is a good match up. Bickel moved in because Torts didn’t want the fights this game and when he realized they would be happening he sent Bickel in.

    • Joe Yerdon - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      I see what you’re saying, but Dubinsky has an injury that prevents him from fighting. That’s why he didn’t face off with a guy more his speed in Carter.

      • quizguy66 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        I see what your saying as well and that’s a valid point. However, if that’s the case (that Torts wanted to keep Dubinsky from hurting himself) he should’ve never started him in the first place (since he got the last option) and just throw a 3rd d-man out there or whatever. It looks bad (for the player) when it happens with a player who has chirped (incorrectly as regards to Clarkson) before.

        -QG

      • Joe Yerdon - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        Well you don’t want things to look TOO obvious now do you?

      • quizguy66 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        I’m also giving myself a 2-minute minor for too many parentheses in that last post.
        -QG

      • mgp1219 - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        perhaps Dubinsky just has a mouth that writes checks that his fists can’t cash.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      In his defense, Clarkson is a world-class bleep.

  3. sabatimus - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Wow, DeBoer is a complete idiot. If his players don’t agree to the fights, the fights don’t happen. The players on BOTH SIDES were all talking about it well before it happened. If the players didn’t want to fight, they could have decided not to, and then there’s be either roughings or unsportsmanlikes on the Rangers–a power play to start the game. But instead, the Devils agreed to fight.

    And so what if Tortellini may have changed tactics? Is he supposed to be predictable? And not only that, the brawl made for DAMN entertaining television.

    • lilgurgi - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      DeBoer isn’t complaining about the fights…he was referring to how Tortorella was complaining about the Devils have their “goons” on the ice. He mentioned how Tortorella didn’t have any problems starting tough guys in NJ earlier this season, but some how had problems when the Devils did it in NYC. That does go with DeBoer’s “short term memory or hypocrite” argument.

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