I find it funny that MSG Network is promoting this show, and I find it funny that, even though we know most of it is unnecessary and silly, we all love hockey fights. Most of us do, anyway.
So tonight at 10, MSG Network debuts “Raucous Rangers” … a show about the tough guys and their best fights and brawls.
One that’s not listed, and I hope they didn’t forget, was George McPhee vs. Rick Tocchet in the ‘86 playoffs. Tocchet had already had his face cut by a stick, so he was a bloody mess after the fight. But I remember how much that fight meant in that playoff series, and how the Garden rocked during and after it because of all the years—including that year—when the Flyers beat the you-know-what out of the Rangers.
The Domi-Probert fights (and the Domi-Baumgartner fights) were pure cartoon. But the Kocur-Probert fight in ‘93-94 was a scary one, and afterwards both battlers bore heavy emotional scars because they were such close friends.