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Two Pro Hockey Coaches Nearly Came to Blows During Last Night's Playoff Game

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The New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils do not like each other. They've regularly started games this season by immediately fighting, and the bad blood is almost always boiling. So the only shock regarding their current playoff series is not that something happened regarding a questionable shot and the coaches nearly coming to blows, but rather that it took three games for it to happen.

In the third period of Tuesday's game four of the Eastern Conference finals, former Devil and current Ranger Mike Rupp "sucker punched," as ESPN calls it, his former teammate, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. That led to a scrum, which led to an exchange of words between Devils coach Peter DeBoer and Ragers coach John Tortorella, which led to finger pointing, which led to leaning over the benches and nearly coming face-to-face.

Watch it unfold below:

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