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Videos: Devils, Flyers get a little nasty

Brayden Schenn, Anton Volchenkov, Martin Brodeur

New Jersey Devils’ Anton Volchenkov, center, of Russia, checks Philadelphia Flyers’ Brayden Schenn as goalie Martin Brodeur, left, watches during the first period of Game 5 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The New Jersey Devils-Philadelphia Flyers’ recent rivalry has been painted by the nastiness of some huge hits, with Scott Stevens’ infamous check on Eric Lindros being the classic example. The two squads are a little different these days, but Game 5 featured a bunch of nastiness. It all seemed to start with Anton Volchenkov’s walloping (and clean) hit on Brayden Schenn.

That encouraged a (seemingly/relatively) clean retaliatory hit from Zac Rinaldo on Volchenkov.

The second period was notable for two hits in particular as Wayne Simmonds delivered a questionable blow on Marek Zidlicky and Rinaldo delivered a not-so-clean check on Dainius Zubrus.

We’re just now in the second intermission of a greasy Game 5 with the Devils up 2-1. It seems like Philly is getting frustrated, so the physical play should be something to watch in the final frame - whether it’s the last period of the Flyers’ turbulent season or not.