Rangers and Devils Start Up Early
It took nothing but the drop of the puck for the gloves to also hit the ice in New Jersey last night. That's generally what happens when both coaches decide to start the game with their fourth line.
Mike Rupp and Cam Janssen had a typically long Janssen-esque fight. Rupp landed some punches, while Janssen locked him out best he could, trying to wait it out until Rupp was fatigued. The strategy was starting to work, but Rupp was able to use his reach advantage and lock Janssen out until the linesmen stepped in.
Another taker for Big John
Well, no, not really. Deryk Engelland sent Marcus Kruger flying into the boards. Engelland's arm went straight into a bent-over Kruger's head, making for an awkward reaction and it looked like a nasty hit. John Scott didn't give Engelland much of a choice at that point and was able to use his albatross-like wingspan to control the fight easily. If he and Zdeno Chara keep fighting I'm going to run out of bird wingspan metaphors; and if they fight each other, Mike Cvik better be around or the pictures of it will look like something out of Gulliver's Travels.
Scott received the instigator package. Engelland received no extra penalty on the play.
Go Tom K
There's no need to root for any one player on this site, almost all who are mentioned deserve fan support. Tom Kostopoulos has been in a lot of fights, and I'll let the fan voting indicate that he has not won most of them. He's a heart player, one who shows it really is about showing up, but he knocked down Clayton Stoner in front of the home crowd in Calgary last night - and it's something a player like that deserves once in a while. It can't be a complete shocker though, he had a similar bout with Kevin Bieksa last season.
Clayton Stoner vs Tom Kostopoulos Dec 20, 2011
Brad Staubitz vs Tim Jackman Dec 20, 2011
Brandon Dubinsky vs David Clarkson Dec 20, 2011
Michael Rupp vs Cam Janssen Dec 20, 2011
John Scott vs Deryk Engelland Dec 20, 2011
Brad Staubitz vs Andrew Alberts Dec 19, 2011
Kyle Clifford vs Jay Rosehill Dec 19, 2011
Cory Sarich vs Bryan Bickell Dec 18, 2011
Jared Boll vs Ryan Reaves Dec 18, 2011
Dane Byers vs Roman Polak Dec 18, 2011