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Eight players ejected after line brawl at start of Rangers vs Devils game

The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils engaged in a violent brawl at the start of Wednesday’s matchup, resulting in the ejection of all but two players. The fight erupted immediately after the puck dropped at Madison Square Garden, with eight players receiving fighting majors and being forced to leave the game. Among those ejected were Jacob Trouba, Matt Rempe, K’Andre Miller, and Barclay Goodrow from the Rangers, as well as John Marino, Chris Tierney, Kurtis MacDermid, and Kevin Bahl from the Devils.

The animosity between the two teams was not unexpected as Peter Laviolette had hinted at the competitive nature of division games during a practice the day before. The intense rivalry and history of bad blood between the two teams contributed to the explosive start to Wednesday’s matchup. Previous incidents involving Rempe’s aggressive play against the Devils likely fueled the tension that led to the brawl. In March, Rempe elbowed Jonas Siegenthaler causing a concussion and earning himself a suspension. Before that he was ejected for a hit on Nathan Bastian in another game.

Curtis Lazar and Jimmy Vesey received fighting majors but were allowed to continue playing as they were considered “first fights.” Both head coaches joined in on verbal sparring on their respective benches during this chaos. The rest of those involved in altercations were ejected due to their “secondary altercations.” Among them was Chris MacDermid who engaged in a particularly heated fight with Matt Rempe marking his third time being ejected in games against

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