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“Hatred building” in Rangers-Devils series

May 21, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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According to New York defenseman Michael Del Zotto, we could be in for some fun tonight when the Rangers and Devils resume the Eastern Conference finals in Newark.

“You can sense the hatred building from the last game, especially with some of the big hits,” Del Zotto told The New York Post yesterday. “It feels like there’s something building.”

And after Sunday’s regular-season contest in Los Angeles, some intensity would be nice. What with a trip to the Stanley Cup finals on the line and all.

The most publicized bit of nastiness in Game 3 was Brandon Prust’s elbow to the head of Anton Volchenkov that earned the Rangers forward a one-game suspension, but as The Post’s Larry Brooks points out (shortly after making a rather unexpected Beverly Hills, 90210 reference), it wasn’t the only contentious hit.

What was plain and simple is the unpenalized Prust elbow at 2:38 of the second period came between the unpenalized Dainius Zubrus right elbow to Anton Stralman’s face that drew blood at 8:00 of the first period and the unpenalized leap from behind by Zach Parise onto Michael Del Zotto’s head when the Blueshirts defenseman was in pursuit of the puck with 6:22 remaining in the third period.

In yesterday’s chit-chat with reporters, Rangers coach John Tortorella also noted the Zubrus and Parise hits.

“Maybe if our players stayed down on the ice, we’ll get something,” Tortorella said in a not-so-subtle dig at the Devils.



  1. 1337ryan - May 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Larry put it perfectly. At this point I don’t get angry over it anymore. It’s been happening since round 1 of the playoffs.

  2. screenjam110 - May 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Hatred building? It’s built. What genius thought of this article……..?

    • Jason Brough - May 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Hatred has a limit now?

  3. caps247 - May 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    The hatred was always there, especially during the regular season.

    Whoever was surprised by this, I don’t know what to say.

  4. villi5ed - May 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Prust’s hit was bad. But it is hard to understand why the uproar from NBC that attended it — during the game and afterwards —- was completely missing in their treatment of the headshots by Zubrus and Parise. Did they run out of replay tape? Did they not see them in the first place? Believe me, I’m too jaded to expect any sort of punishment for this stuff by the on-ice officials. But are Doc and Olczyk and Milbury and Jonesy blind?

  5. vindicatus - May 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Tortarella wants his Rangers to stay down on the ice? What, they’re not blocking enough shots?

  6. dabutcha114 - May 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    The Devils are gonna hate the Rangers even more when they win the series, then sign Zach next season.

  7. vindicatus - May 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    And next season once the bandwagon has rolled out of town half of the Rangers “fans” will be back to following baseball instead of playoff hockey.

  8. quizguy66 - May 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Next thing you’re gonna tell me is that the Red Sox and Yankees are rivals. PHT with these outlandish headlines, I tell ya!

    I just hope the Devils maintain discipline against any Ranger$ cheap stuff – just like they did against the Flyers.


  9. warrenlevine - May 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Old-time hockey; that’s how I expect the Rangers to conduct themselves. It’s an Original Six kinda thing. Also, EVERY Rangers fan hates the Devils and peers down their nose at the Islanders because they suck in comparison. Seriously. Ask any Rangers fan. :o)

    • rangerblood - May 21, 2012 at 7:35 PM


  10. dabutcha114 - May 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Try getting some Devil fans in the Rock. Instead of Ranger fans taking over as usual. Your fan base is horrible. Good luck next year without your pudgy goalie has been.

    • quizguy66 - May 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Clearly you weren’t at the arena. About 4-to-1 Devils fans. Will be that way again tonight.


      • wicky888 - May 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Why do you sign your posts like that?


      • quizguy66 - May 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Because signing them like this would be silly

      • jkay1818 - May 21, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        HEY! don’t quiz the quiz guy


        I only really notice him and about 5 other people on this site when they post. “QG” never has anything relevant to say though but i always notice the ridiculous “QG”

        quiz, clearly you weren’t at the arena either when the crowd was doing a “marty” taunt on his home ice. The devil fans already left the building at that pt.

        tootles xo,

      • quizguy66 - May 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        @JK just like Devils fans cheer at the end of a Rag$ beating at the Garden. The Rock was loud and rocking last night and you guys were vastly outnumbered. But you guys spout the same tired old lines.


  11. homerx - May 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    It’s not hard to maintain discipline when you are not getting called for similar hits. The inconsistancy in calls and diciplinary action just amazes me.

  12. wicky888 - May 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I see the pot brewing. but I don’t see a Penguins – Flyers game 3 boil over just yet.

  13. baddorange - May 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Has this guy been living under a rock, coupled with the recent flareups between coaches all designed to get their teams up.
    Loc k the women and children out of the man cave or hide under the bed if squeamish.

  14. dabutcha114 - May 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Yeah 4-1. That’s funny cause all I heard was Ranger fans…… Oh that’s right you don’t really cheer when u get shut out. Twice in the playoffs. Your team sux Rangers in 5

  15. vindicatus - May 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Well let’s see, the 8th seed, the 7th seed, and now the 6th seed. That’s three “sucky teams” no doubt, but why have they given the Rangers so much trouble? Hmmm.

    Anyway, I think you meant to say “Flyers in five.”

    Anyway, I think you meant Flyers in 5.

  16. dabutcha114 - May 21, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    It really don’t matter what seed you are in the playoffs, it’s irrelevant now because those series are over and this one is on its way to be over. Listen I know you don’t have much to root for, with lundqvist shutting you out, your fat whinnying goalie crying over the Rangers blocking shots and your best players dad stating his son wants to play for the Rangers. Just try and look on the bright side, at least your can start watching jersey shore soon. Your team is trash, your state is trash and your comments are trash

    • wicky888 - May 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Whoa whoa, most of what you say is true, but easy on NJ bud. What you mean to say is NORTH Jersey is trash. I live in south Jersey and it’s actually quite nice.

  17. rangerblood - May 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Rangers need to come out physical and out hit the Devils. Lets go Ranfers!!!

  18. devilscup950003 - May 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    are all you guys 12yrs old?looks like I’ll have to go elsewhere for intelligent. analysis and discussion.

    • wicky888 - May 21, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Really? Look at your sentence structure and punctuation. Even us 12 year olds can do better than that.

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