...To which Mike Rupp took exception to and decided to do this...
...and that is why the Rangers signed Rupp this summer. If you mess with the Rangers skill players you will have to deal with Rupp.
And Torts' thoughts on the incident...
"it was a sucker punch...he got what he deserved"
...even the biggest Torts hater has to love that line.
For the Panthers' thoughts on the punch click the "Read More" tab below.
How about Panthers coach Kevin Dineen's thoughts (via CBS Sports)...
"That's hockey. Some guy cross-checks you in the back and then follows through. He deserves a good smash in the face. He got what he deserved. Then guys who play five minutes a night, it's typical that they would go and try and grab our skill players. We'll see what the response is."
...wow, what a douche. Way to condone sucker punching.
Here's Florida enforcer Krystopher Barch (via Sun Sentinel)...
“I’m sure we’ll have a meeting next week in New York,” Barch said of next Thursday’s rematch against the Rangers. “You can’t allow that stuff to happen. … That’s just not allowed to go on in terms of a teammate getting jumped like that. We’ll take care of that next week.”
...can the HBO 24/7 camera's hang around for another week? I'd love to hear what's going to be said in that one.
The Rangers and Panthers face each other for the final time this season next Thursday at MSG.
For full video of incident click here.
Got what he deserved?
It was a cheap shot to the head.
What would have happened if god forbid it turned out like the Eric Messier accident from years past?
Nice one Rupper!! Got one REAL good hit to that little bitches head, right at the end. You can see his head rock back nicely
@thenyrblog HaPpy New Year!! #goldentweet
My message to the Rangers would be this: Downplay this event. Next week let the Panthers be the ones to act up and get something going in their own damn heads to knock themselves off their game. They are the team that's starting to struggle to stay relevant. Keep it that way. Under Torts I know they will stay disciplined. Rangers will come out and win again!
That said how cool would it be if Messier takes a pregame interview today and says 'we will win this afternoon'
@thenyrblog I don't care what Del Zotto did if anything. The only excuse for a cheap shot like that is if he took one at a teammate first.
@HZimm Saw that also. Great job by Rupp.