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

Mar 20, 2012, 9:04 PM EST

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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.)

  1. letangusespertplus - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    what about the shock master?

  2. ryanlarimore - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Well if Goldberg liked it… For real, I can see why Tortorella didn’t like it, but from a guy who wants the NHL to do well, it got people talking about hockey, the fights were fair, and it was followed by a great hockey game. Win all around.

    • michiganhockey11 - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      If Bill Goldberg liked it, it’s good enough for me. Actually, the fights right off the draw reminded me an awful lot about Slapshot. That’s immediately what I thought of seeing 6 guys square off with each other. It was pretty cool to see, stagged or not.

      James, it would be sick to see a guy get speared, but it probably wouldn’t happen in a fight. Too easy to see it coming. Maybe in an open ice hit, but the guy driving his shoulder would probably have it dislocated by the force of the other player coming at him. Don’t get me wrong, seeing that happen would get me jumping on my couch like Tom Cruise.

  3. stakex - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Fighting is part of the game and the people the matter the most, the fans, loved it. As long as its not happening for every game, I don’t see why there was any issue with this.

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