New York's Mike Rupp was whistled for roughing with 1:27 left in the game after he retaliated against Steve Bernier for a hit on Girardi. But it was nothing like the full-scale fisticuffs that erupted the last time the two teams met, in March, when six players dropped the gloves seconds after the opening faceoff. Meanwhile, Tortorella and Devils coach Pete DeBoer, who both packed their starting lineups with little-used bruisers, exchanged less-than-pleasantries from the benches.
So tough as things seemed with so little rest, even Lundqvist had to concede they could have been worse.
"I didn't really know what to expect from this game, honestly," he said.
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