NEW YORK, NY -- The Rangers-Senators series got a little nastier Saturday night as a heated brawl in the opening minutes of play resulted in Senators defenseman Matt Carkner and Brandon Dubinsky both getting tossed.
Carkner wasted no time going after Rangers forward Brian Boyle early in the first, unleashing a flurry of punches on the hulking center while he was down on the ice. He earned 17 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct, but the Rangers lost a player in the fight as well. Dubinsky, who jumped in to help Boyle while under seige, was ejected for being the third man in on a fight.
Boyle was not penalized, and the Rangers received a 5-minute power play.
Dubinsky was livid after being assessed a match penalty; he was screaming at officials on his way from the penalty box to the Rangers'
bench and up-ended a water cooler as he headed off to the Rangers' training room.
Boyle, who roughed up Ottawa's top defenseman Erik Karlsson two nights earlier, was targeted again in the first by tough guy Chris Neil. He accepted Neil's invitation and dropped the gloves against the bruising Senators winger.
Alfredsson crumpled to the ice after taking Hagelin's elbow to the helmet and crashing into the endboards at 10:32 and did not return. The 23-year-old Hagelin was slapped with a five-minute elbowing major after forcing his fellow Swede from the game.