Rangers vs. Devils: A Fiery Clash on the Ice


Sports rivalries ignite passion, and when it comes to the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers, the intensity reaches a boiling point. The recent showdown between these two NHL teams at Madison Square Garden was no exception. From the opening puck drop, chaos ensued, resulting in a 5v5 line brawl that left fans and players alike stunned.

The Brawl: A Wild Start

As the puck hit the ice, all ten skaters shed their gloves and engaged in a furious line brawl. The arena erupted as punches flew, leaving chaos in their wake. Here’s what unfolded:

  1. Ejections: A total of eight players—four from each team—were promptly ejected. Among them were key players like Jacob Trouba (New York’s captain), K’Andre Miller, and John Marino, all of whom had impressive point campaigns from the blue line this season.
  2. Recent History: The tension had been building. Just weeks prior, Rangers’ right-wing prospect Matt Rempe collided with Devils defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler, resulting in a five-minute elbowing major and game misconduct. Rempe’s hit left Siegenthaler concussed, and the bad blood simmered. Rempe’s earlier incident with Nathan Bastian further fueled the fire. Bastian, injured by Rempe, had yet to return to the ice. The Devils were out for retribution.
  3. Strategic Decisions: The ejections were not arbitrary. Coaches and players made strategic decisions based on the situation. Some players were ejected to prevent further escalation or to maintain a balanced lineup. Others stayed to continue the battle on the ice. It was a high-stakes chess match in the midst of chaos.

The Aftermath

The Rangers ultimately secured a 4-3 victory, but the real drama unfolded during those intense moments of mayhem. The penalty minutes piled up—166 in total—making it a record-breaking brawl at Madison Square Garden. The rivalry between these two teams burned hotter than ever, leaving fans and players alike stunned by the sheer intensity of the clash.

For an up-close view of the bedlam, check out this video capturing all angles of the massive brawl: Watch the Rangers vs. Devils Brawl.

If you would like to hear about the history of fighting in the sport of hockey, along with Matt Rempe’s new style of play, check out this article: Gloves Off: A Deep Dive into the History of Fighting in Ice Hockey.

Rempe vs. MacDermid: A Grudge Match

The bad blood between Rempe and MacDermid had been brewing since their previous encounter. Rempe’s dangerous elbow to Devils defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler had led to a four-game suspension. Now, on this fateful night, they settled their score with a prolonged, adrenaline-fueled brawl. The penalty box glass rattled as Devils players pounded it in support of MacDermid.

Game Recap: Kreider’s Heroics

In a game that began with a 10-player brawl, the New York Rangers rallied to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Chris Kreider played the hero, scoring a power-play goal late in the third period to break the tie. Artemi Panarin and Alexis Lafreniere also contributed with a goal and an assist each. Kaapo Kakko’s tying goal earlier in the third period set the stage for Kreider’s game-winner. Igor Shesterkin made 17 saves as the Rangers secured their 51st win of the season.

Key Statistics

  • New York Rangers: 4 goals
    • Goals: Artemi Panarin, Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko, Chris Kreider
    • Points: Artemi Panarin (110 points, second-most in team history)
  • New Jersey Devils: 3 goals
    • Goals: Nico Hischier, Ondrej Palat, Brendan Smith
    • Goalie: Kaapo Kahkonen (37 saves)

The Rangers completed a four-game season series sweep of the Devils, less than a year after New Jersey won the teams’ first-round playoff series in seven games.

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