Tuesday night’s playoff game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers saw plenty of hard hits – but the hardest shots may have been thrown in the stands.
Whatever your opinion on fighting in hockey, it’s been a part of the NHL game for decades.
And let’s be honest here – fights between fans aren’t exactly unheard of in sports, especially during the post-season when the stakes are high.
Tuesday night’s game saw a particularly nasty tilt between rival groups of Flyers and Rangers fans, high in the upper bowl of the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia.
According to a fan posting on sports website Deadspin, the fight began after a New York Rangers fan had loudly taunted the many Flyers fans around him for most of the game.
The brawl apparently was kicked off when security attempted to remove the unruly fan, and one of his arms struck a nearby Flyer fan.
That evidently was the match on the gasoline, as a fans of both teams lunged into the fray as the fur flew.
Eventually, security managed to break up the brawl, and escorted the Rangers fan from the building.
The Rangers themselves were also bounced from the building, as a Wayne Simmonds hat trick led the way in a 5-2 Flyers victory, forcing a game 7 at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.
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