In case NHL fans haven't mentioned this, the playoffs are wild, man. We're barely halfway through the first round and shit has already hit the fan. While all four games on Tuesday night's schedule were pure insanity, one stood out, that being game three between the Devils and Lightning, in Newark, NJ, a hockey hotbed.
After two dominating games in Florida by the Lightning, this series looked over before it even started, but the power of home ice was paramount for THE DEVILSSSSS on Tuesday. Both times New Jersey went down by a goal they came storming right back, eventually winning the game 5-2 in front of a raucous, sold-out crowd at the Prudential Center. It got so raucous that at the end of the game, the Lightning did what every team does that thought they had the series in the bag and no longer does - they started a bunch of shit that will carry over into game four. This makes Wednesday's game by far the most intriguing of the first round, mainly because someone might actually die. Don't believe me? Ask Devils 6'7'' center Brian Boyle:
A longer and better view of Boyle, where you can really see the Satan in his eyes:
This came immediately after Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and Boyle found themselves tied up in an epic scrum, which frankly, Boyle found hilarious:
For some more context as to why Boyle specifically was threatening Sergachev, here's a borderline elbow to the head of the Devils Blake Coleman that the Lightning D-Man dished out:
And the full video of the end-of-game scuffle:
Again, not to go full hockey-tryhard-please-like-my-sport guy, but how can you not watch this game on Wednesday night? We don't want anyone to die, but there's a legitimate chance someone does. Talk about a rush. And don't even act like you're above tuning in for that. We've all watched Man on Wire and a bunch of sickos watched that dude walk on a tight wire over the Grand Canyon. It's not just the play on the ice that will be must-see TV either. I can't find the video, but there was a moment in the game last night where fans in the 10th row came running down and almost busted the glass over during a fight along the boards. Call it a great atmosphere, call it Jersey Trash (I'm from NJ so I'm allowed to), call it whatever you want, but it's going to be AWESOME.