Rangers, Bruins drop the gloves in 2nd period

Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton and New York Rangers'

Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton and New York Rangers' Mike Rupp fight during the second period. (Jan. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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BOSTON -- It took until the second period for the Rangers and Bruins to exchange haymakers Saturday night.

Mike Rupp and Shawn Thornton, who led the league in fighting majors last season, dropped the gloves in a spirited bout at 13:35. Three seconds later, Stu Bickel and Gregory Campbell did the same.

Rupp and Bickel, as well as Arron Asham, who was sitting out the final game of a playoff suspension, figure to be the main replacements for Brandon Prust, a free agent who left for a four-year, $10-million contract with Montreal. Prust fought the Leafs' Mike Brown in the first period Saturday night in Montreal.

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Jacobs stirs the pot

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who headed the league's negotiating committee and was widely known as a hard-liner, brought back the spin and rhetoric that dominated much of the talks, and his remarks are sure to irritate the players association.

"The players are going to get very rich under this transaction," Jacobs said in a news conference that began with an apology to fans. "They were very rich going into this. They passed up $700 million in payroll. That's a lot. And I'm hopeful that it was fulfilling."

Jacobs, 72, whose net worth has been estimated at $2.7 billion, also said the players did not express an early desire to make a deal and that despite the new CBA, there will be "haves and have-nots" in the league. "I think we've done damage,'' he said. "Some of these lockouts make no sense."

Blue notes

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Matt Gilroy and Steve Eminger were healthy scratches for the Rangers. Asham is expected to play against the Penguins in the Rangers' home opener Sunday night.

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