By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to the New York Daily News, a New York Islanders fan slashed a New York Rangers fan in the face on Thanksgiving Eve. The Rangers won in a blowout on Wednesday night.
The incident happened as spectators were leaving Madison Square Garden in New York City. Fans reportedly “squared off on Seventh Ave., between 31st and 32nd Sts.,” according to a witness, who spoke with the paper.
The Rangers won the game with a 5-0 score.
“When you lose so often to someone you’re going to win one eventually,” Rangers head coach David Quinn said. “I think the odds were just in our favor. … That’s a really good hockey team. We were opportunistic tonight for sure.”
The attacker was wearing a Todd Bertuzzi jersey. During the incident, the man decided to take out a blade, striking a Rangers fan in the face and neck, according to witnesses.
The victim was them transported to Bellevue Medical Center. At this time, there is no word on his condition.
The man, who was the aggressor, was arrested and transported to the Midtown South Precinct.
“I responded with the cops,” a Madison Square Garden security guard said to the paper, who refused to give his name. “It was two guys in hockey jerseys fighting it out. One was cutting the other. When we got there, he was bleeding and he was down.
“His girlfriend was trying to explain to the cops what happened.”
Rich Eubanks, 46, told the newspaper that he saw several fights break out following the conclusion of the game.
“He was down and out, ” the Rangers fan said. “He was bleeding from his nose to his cheek. Someone was holding his neck steady while another guy called 911. It was Islanders vs. Rangers, and it was a Rangers fan down. There were fights all night long. It’s sad. It was a good game.”
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