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When the horn sounded at the end of the Washington Capitals‘ 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, tempers flared as a scrum ensued. Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon tussled with Rangers forward Kevin Rooney during the scrum.
The scrum ensued after Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux clipped Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek skate-on-skate.
Dillon went right after Lemieux before the officials separated the two. Rooney put an arm around him, and Dillon turned around and dropped the gloves with Rooney along the half-wall.
Dillon threw a few consecutive punches while Rooney tried to tug onto him before he took Dillon into the boards and the two went down to the ice.
Dillon and the Capitals will try to bounce back from their second consecutive regulation loss, which followed a season-opening nine-game point streak (6-0-3), on Sunday when they open a two-game series against the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena (12 PM ET, NBC).
By Harrison Brown