(Image Source - New York Rangers)

BY JOSH LANDER

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA

Not quite the Thrilla in Manilla. But as NBC Sports shows us, Monday night’s Rangers - Devils National Hockey League game quickly turned into a battle in Manhattan.

(Game Commentary)

The fight happened just three seconds into the game, so it has people talking. As a blogger for CBS Sports points out, it’s fighting that gets hockey in the headlines.

“You know something is big in hockey when it's being discussed on national talk radio. The spectacle has people who don't usually pay the great game any attention talking about the fights... it was kind of cool to see, that coming from a guy who has stated before his disinterest in hockey fighting.”

But is the added publicity worth the literal headache?  

In December, a Canadian medical journal called for a ban on both fighting and intentional head shots in the game due to resulting head trauma. But, as reported by Cable Pulse 24, the league isn’t ready to go that far.
 
“The N.H.L. has brought in some new rules in an attempt to cut down on head shots, but argues fights and hard checks are an integral part of the game.”  

Part of the game or not, a Sports Illustrated blogger says there’s a difference between a planned fight three seconds in, and a random outbreak of aggression between players.

“...whether spontaneous bouts are good for the NHL is a longstanding debate that has taken on a new dimension with our greater understanding of brain trauma. But these staged fights were agreed upon by the participants prior to the game even starting. They are gratuitous, fighting merely for the sake of fighting.”

So what do the players think? Devils forward Cam Jansen was in the middle of the early fighting Monday night and tells TSN fighting in hockey is crucial for the sport’s well-being.

“That’s what the league needs.  You need that kind of rivalry.  FLASH “That’s hockey.  That’s hockey.  And don’t think the fans didn’t like that either because if you were there you would’ve felt that energy.  Because I did.”

Somewhat overshadowed by the fighting was the Rangers’ 4-2 victory, making them the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

 

 

Rangers and Devils Brawl Brings Up Fighting Ban

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Mar 21, 2012

Rangers and Devils Brawl Brings Up Fighting Ban

 

(Image Source - New York Rangers)

BY JOSH LANDER

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA

Not quite the Thrilla in Manilla. But as NBC Sports shows us, Monday night’s Rangers - Devils National Hockey League game quickly turned into a battle in Manhattan.

(Game Commentary)

The fight happened just three seconds into the game, so it has people talking. As a blogger for CBS Sports points out, it’s fighting that gets hockey in the headlines.

“You know something is big in hockey when it's being discussed on national talk radio. The spectacle has people who don't usually pay the great game any attention talking about the fights... it was kind of cool to see, that coming from a guy who has stated before his disinterest in hockey fighting.”

But is the added publicity worth the literal headache?  

In December, a Canadian medical journal called for a ban on both fighting and intentional head shots in the game due to resulting head trauma. But, as reported by Cable Pulse 24, the league isn’t ready to go that far.
 
“The N.H.L. has brought in some new rules in an attempt to cut down on head shots, but argues fights and hard checks are an integral part of the game.”  

Part of the game or not, a Sports Illustrated blogger says there’s a difference between a planned fight three seconds in, and a random outbreak of aggression between players.

“...whether spontaneous bouts are good for the NHL is a longstanding debate that has taken on a new dimension with our greater understanding of brain trauma. But these staged fights were agreed upon by the participants prior to the game even starting. They are gratuitous, fighting merely for the sake of fighting.”

So what do the players think? Devils forward Cam Jansen was in the middle of the early fighting Monday night and tells TSN fighting in hockey is crucial for the sport’s well-being.

“That’s what the league needs.  You need that kind of rivalry.  FLASH “That’s hockey.  That’s hockey.  And don’t think the fans didn’t like that either because if you were there you would’ve felt that energy.  Because I did.”

Somewhat overshadowed by the fighting was the Rangers’ 4-2 victory, making them the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

 

 

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