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Brodeur calls Rupp hit a “sucker punch”

May 21, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

The brief-but-entertaining screaming match between Peter DeBoer and John Tortorella wasn’t the only noteworthy moment from the big scuffle during Game 4 of New York Rangers-New Jersey Devils. The whole situation boiled out of control when Mike Rupp took a shot at former Devils teammate Martin Brodeur. Brodeur didn’t beat around the bush while providing his assessment of the skirmish.

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The future Hall of Famer also spoke with Tom Gulitti about the punch.

“Rupp or no Rupp, it doesn’t matter,” Brodeur said. “I didn’t expect it. I never got punched like that in my career.”

Brodeur should be able to shake it off because he only allowed one goal in that 4-1 victory and set a record for netminders with his fourth assist of the postseason (according to NBC Sports Network).

Meanwhile, Tortorella said that the whole situation could have been avoided because a penalty shouldn’t have been called. He also told Andrew Gross and others that he doesn’t think Rupp will receive a suspension.

  1. duece430 - May 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    It wasn’t a sucker punch, but merely a one-handed shove to the chest. Brodeur’s nothing more than a clown in all his interviews

    • checkforecheck - May 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      sucker punch:
      n. Slang
      An unexpected punch or blow.

      You’re either blind or a moron.

    • checkforecheck - May 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      sucker punch:
      n. Slang
      An unexpected punch or blow.

      Seems like you’re either blind or a moron.

      • checkforecheck - May 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

        Apparently my browser agreed, and it needed to be said twice.

      • godevs - May 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        How about a blind MORON…The A Hold fans would have had something to say no matter what Marty did…they can’t stand his greatness in the league. If you say Marty is the greatest goal tender of all time, they say no Roy was…who cares if he is or isn’t the greatest of all time…he has a legacy that no one in our lifetime will match…what more do they need to know…on second thought, definitely a MORON in blue.

    • teaspoon1731 - May 22, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      I hate Brodeur, I love the Rangers, that was a sucker punch.

      Pretty much anytime a goalie gets hit, it’s a sucker punch. They’re watching the puck, not the player. Checkforecheck gets it.

      • brian32556 - May 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        But Brodeur also deserves an Emmy for his exaggerated reaction.

    • rfoster75 - May 22, 2012 at 7:42 AM

      to the chest???? your an idiot, and you just made all of us dumber on this thread just by saying that.

      • duster1982 - May 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

        The old “your an idiot” ….Classic

    • michflaguy - May 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      The point is that the idiot Rupp just completely energized and motivated a Hall-of-Fame goalie – and the rest of his team – at the WORST possible time of the playoffs.
      Rupp is almost as stupid as his bush-league coach.
      If you’re a Rangers fan and you lose this series…remember the Rupp cheap-shot and the amateur response from your coach.
      And yes…that was a sucker-punch.

    • jrcan13 - May 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      So THATS what the view of this is like with your head up your ass

      Ok now we all know

      If you think that wasnt a sucker punch maybe you should show us an example of what one is

  2. daburghdabest - May 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Rupp’s a scrap heap player & nothing more. He’s also a piece of crap just like his coach. League won’t miss either of these jerks. I don’t like The Devils, but they deserve a win more. Honestly though I’d even cheer The Flyers against The Rags, classless, trash organization from fans to players to owner.

    • stakex - May 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Sounds like someones still watching his Penguins DVD from a few years ago… you poor poor man.

      • kicksave1980 - May 22, 2012 at 4:19 AM

        He’ll be watching his Penguins DVD from a few years ago, while a Rangers fan screams about 1994 in the background.

        1994 was a great Final. And no, I’m not a Pens fan, but for a fan base that still can’t shut up about 1994, I wouldn’t go pointing fingers.

    • chill1184 - May 22, 2012 at 7:28 AM

      That punch showed how pissed off and desperate the Rangers got. When you can’t win, thug it up in an attempt to get into your opponents heads.

    • 1337ryan - May 22, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      Haha, this guy again. Love clueless pitt fans! Keep talking about something you know nothing about because you loved Rupp last year! That’s if you actually watch hockey, which it seems you don’t!

    • brian32556 - May 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      daburghsucks – Go back to your porn videos.

  3. lorenzotattoli - May 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    The Rangers always put on a show. Very entertaining game.
    Devils look good!

  4. cgspens - May 22, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    At least Marty didn’t go down like a bag of rocks like fellow net minder DiPietro did in a man on man fight with Pens goalie Johnson. Rupps a goon.

  5. frek5 - May 22, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Lol sucker punch. It was a push to the chest. He acted like he took a left hook on the chin. Woman

    • interiorfan - May 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      Well, the woman won so I guess he had the last laugh…..oh, and he looked pretty good doing it, too. Incidentally, not a Devils or Rangers fan but thenDevils dominated last night.

  6. scionofflame - May 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Regardless of how hard the shove/punch was, or if Brodeur was ‘selling’ it, it doesn’t matter. Rupp didn’t need to do that to Brodeur. He was already on his way to the box, got pissed and did something stupid that he didn’t need to do. So he got punished for it.

    It’s not about Rangers being ‘classless assholes’ or the Devils being ‘pussies’. It’s about one player doing something he should’ve had the good sense not to do.

    • scionofflame - May 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Also, if you give that video a watch, Rupp is only in Brodeur’s eyeline for a moment before the shove. They’re on goddamn ice and Brodeur isn’t expecting the shove, so I’m pretty sure that stumble is -exactly- the reaction a normal person would have in that case.

  7. dipspit55 - May 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Rupp’s shove on marty is just showing how frustrated the rangers are with the devils out playing them same thing happened in philly with that limp wristed giroux

  8. jboychuk - May 22, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    As much as I hate the Devils, a punch is a punch. I do believe Marty over exaggerated a little bit, but does ti matter. Rupp would have still gotten a penalty. And if you get punched out of nowhere while your watching whats going on, of course your going to be surprised! At least he wasn’t DiPietro or Mike Smith.

  9. mclovinhockey - May 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    So what did Marty call what he did to JvR in game 1… A stick and blocker to the back of the head of a player down on the ice, not once but 3 times?? Losing respect for Marty this year.

    • teaspoon1731 - May 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      This year? Listen, Brodeur is the alltime greatest goalie, but far from the all-time greatest man. He’s never been full of what I would consider class. Respect his ability to stop the puck, don’t respect him.

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