TUN­NEL VI­SION

Devils loathe the Rangers, their neigh­bors across the Hud­son River

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

IN NEW JERSEY, they’re the ‘Rags,’ not the Rangers. Ne­wark and Man­hat­tan may be con­nected by pub­lic tran­sit, but there is very lit­tle good will when it comes to the two fran­chises.

The Devils had rea­son to be mad at the Rangers as soon as New Jersey re­lo­cated from Colorado for the 1982-83 sea­son. New York was one of sev­eral teams that earned a ter­ri­to­rial fee from the Devils and New Jersey ex­ecs were par­tic­u­larly galled when their deep­pock­eted ri­vals grabbed Bobby Car­pen­ter from Wash­ing­ton a few years later – with money New Jersey saw as com­ing from them orig­i­nally.

On the ice, the Devils have out-Cupped New York threeto-one dur­ing their shared

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ex­is­tence, but 1994 and Stephane Mat­teau’s goal is still a painful re­minder, even though his son is now Devils prop­erty. And of course there were Sean Avery’s in­fa­mous taunts of the beloved Martin Brodeur, from wav­ing his hands and stick in front of the goalie’s face (in­spir­ing a new rule), to call­ing him ‘fatso’ in the press.

The two teams meet Oct. 21, Dec. 27, April 4 and April 7.

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