Rangers-Devils Brawl: 8 Players Ejected, Coaches Engage in Confrontational Moment Amidst High Aggression

Eight players ejected after line brawl in Rangers vs. Devils matchup

On Wednesday, during the match between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden, a line brawl erupted after the puck drop. The heated clash led to eight players being ejected after receiving fighting majors. The ejected Rangers players were Jacob Trouba, Matt Rempe, K’Andre Miller, and Barclay Goodrow while John Marino, Chris Tierney, Kurtis MacDermid, and Kevin Bahl were ejected for the Devils.

The game was marked by a significant level of aggression as five fights took place within the first two seconds of play. This was the most fights in an NHL game since a matchup between the Rangers and Washington Capitals in 2021. The rivalry between the two teams was evident as emotions ran high on both sides.

Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette and Devils interim coach Travis Green engaged in a confrontational moment on the bench during the incident, with both coaches seen yelling and cursing at each other. The bad blood between the teams may have been fueled by previous altercations that had taken place in games leading up to this matchup. Laviolette had hinted at the intensity of division games that often lead to more competitive and tense matchups.

One of the most entertaining fights involved Rempe and McDermid who had previously been ejected from all three games they faced each other. Their heated clash showcased their animosity towards each other. The animosity between these two teams may have been fueled by Rempe’s actions in previous encounters including elbowing Devils defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler and hitting forward Nathan Bastian in previous games leading up to this matchup.

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