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No league discipline for Devils-Rangers Game 4 shenanigans

May 22, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

Ryan Callahan, Ilya Kovalchuk

Not every day has to be a Brendan Shanahan day in the NHL and today is apparently one of them.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports the league won’t be looking into any of the incidents that went down in Game 4 between the Devils and Rangers. Gulitti says an elbow from Marian Gaborik to Marek Zidlicky went unnoticed during and now after the game while Ilya Kovalchuk‘s spearing action on Ryan Callahan will also go without league attention.

That also means Mike Rupp‘s fly-by chop to the chest/head of Martin Brodeur, a hit Brodeur calls a sucker punch, won’t be coming across Shanahan’s desk as well. All things considered, the Devils seemed to handle that just fine by scoring on the resulting power play and putting the game away in the third period.

Game 5 should be good and spicy tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Good Shanny should be doing nothing, but 1st shift Rupp takes. Id tap a guy on the shoulder to take him the f’ out. And not once either, he’s going to be forced to drop the gloves 2 times by 2 different players or take a beating.

    He can choose to pull a Boyle and cover up and put his team on the PP if he wishes, but he better be ready and my god I don’t want to hear the crying that he was jumped or suckered when it happens.

    And if my Goalie got touched again, Im telling my 4th liners to run King Hendrick until a war breaks out.

    DON’T TOUCH THE GOALIES UNTIL THEY TOUCH YOU

    • gaborik104life - May 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Read what hockeyfan763 said first. Second it’s henrik and I am willing to bet more than anything marty said something to Rupp. On top of that Bernier did try to literally jump him with his flying attack that rupp just ended up sticking a hand out and sending him flying. What he did was not that bad everyone needs to relax. Was it illegal? yes. Stupid? yes. Dangerous? no it was not everyone needs to calm down and anyone touches Rupp we’re getting some big boys back in the lineup that can actually play so it would be a dumb move on their part.

  2. hockeyfan763 - May 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    The only problem with your plan is that the only guys on your roster who can give Rupp a good fight are in the stands because the aren’t good enough to dress for the playoffs.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      They don’t need to win the fights, just have 2 guys fight Rupp in the same period. Win or Lose it’s about principle. And nobody likes to have to fight 2 times in the same period, it requires so much energy that it’s almost an unwritten rule that a 2nd player does not pick a fight with a guy who already fought that period.

      Rupp took a shot at your goalie and got away with it, your goalie who is the 3rd best of all time. A Hall of Famer.

      Send the message

  3. mianfr - May 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    The Rangers actually completely dominated all of those resulting power plays. New Jersey scored on an earlier one.

    • duece430 - May 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Pretty poor reporting by Joe Yerdon when he says the Devils scored on the resulting power play. The PPG was at least 3 minutes earlier, and the 3-0 deficit is what led to the shenanigans. Brilliant

      • youdownwithjpp - May 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        Thumbs up for the usage of shenanigans.

  4. rayburns - May 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    so the whole argument that NHL discipline is capricious and dependent on the whims of the League office were debunked how?

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