The Battle Of The Hudson, a great rivalry in hockey between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. A rivalry with almost 4 decades in history behind dating back to 1982. The Rangers have the edge in the all time head to head record standing at 137-109-27-10.
Over the years the rivalry has died down a tad. It’s definitely not the same with Brodeur being completely out of the picture and Sean Avery not standing in front of him talking some smack. But the fans always get into it and that’s what makes the game great.
So with the Rangers hosting the Devils tonight at historic Madison Square Garden, lets take a look back on one of the greatest moments in this rivalry. The line brawl that took place back in March of 2012:
I will never forget this game. John Tortorella and Pete Deboer yelling at each other from the benches. Torts letting his balls hang and moving up defenseman Stu Bickel to take the opening faceoff. It was pure insanity. Mayhem. And I loved every second of it.
The puck dropped and immediately we had a 3 fights happening simultaneously. Chaos was happening on MSG ice. Bickel dropped the gloves with Ryan Carter, Cam Janssen and Brandon Prust on one wing and we had Eric Boulton and Mike Rupp slugging it out on the other wing.
Bickel bloodied up Ryan Carter causing Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador to jump into the fray. There was no control. The crowd loved it and the place was ready to blow the infamous roof off of MSG. It was probably one of the best starts to a hockey game ever.
But we have new fuel to the fire, with the Rangers and Devils getting the top two picks in last years draft we will have battles between Rangers pick, Kaapo Kakko, and Devils pick, Jack Hughes, to look forward to for years to come.