NEW YORK -- It’s not every day you get a front-row seat to an NHL fight and on Friday morning New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass provided a blow-by-blow description of his third-period fight with Capitals defenseman Tim Gleason, which occurred seconds after James Sheppard shoved Gleason into the Capitals’ goal post in the Caps’ 2-1 victory in Game 4.
“I didn’t see Shep push him in but there was pushing and shoving and punching,” Glass recalled. “Everyone was kind of holding each other and then punches start coming out. [Mike] Green, Gleason. I’m just standing there and watching Gleason just punch Shep in the jaw. And I’m like, ‘… Glease, stop it.’”
That’s when the hockey/trash talk started.
“I said, ‘You want to get beat up again?’” Glass recounted. “And he goes, ‘Do you want to get beat up again?'”
Three weeks ago, in his first fight as a Capital in the regular season finale, Gleason pounded relentlessly on Glass. This time around, it was Glass who got his right hand free and landed several punches to Gleason’s left eye.
Asked by a reporter on Friday who got the better of the fight, Glass replied, “Who do you think? Have you seen him today? I got him a few times, all in the same spot.”
While fighting in the playoffs is a rarity, Glass said his was spontaneous.
“It’s passion,” he said. “Two guys not backing down. I think we could use a little more of that, a little more pushback, a little more nastiness.”
While the Capitals find themselves on the brink of going to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1998, the Rangers find themselves on the brink of being eliminated one year after going to the Stanley Cup Final.
As for Glass he said the Capitals are probably happy they added his toughness to their blue line, but in the midst of a playoff series he wasn’t about to pay him too many compliments.
“He’s kind of a [jerk], to be honest with you,” Glass said. “He starts punching people and he doesn’t stop.”
In Game 4, Glass returned the favor and his face was unmarked because of it.
“This time,” he said. “Last time, I had a couple nicks too.”