New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be out for 10 to 14 days after hurting his left shoulder ion Tuesday night a scuffle with Max Talbot ended with the Philadelphia Flyers forward tugging Talbot’s arm and dragging him down.
‘‘Maybe we've been out so long and everyone is on edge,’’ Rangers forward Mike Rupp said.
Washington’s Jason Chimera had another theory related to the lockout that shortened the 82-season and hit players in their pocket books.
‘‘Maybe they’re mad they missed half a year’s pay check,’’ Chimera said.
Boll suggested the spike in fights is a result of players being excited to be back on the ice. He also pointed to a theory that can be seen, heard and felt in arenas throughout North America.
‘‘Definitely, if you’re the home team you want to get the crowd into it,’’ Boll said. ‘‘It’s fun. That’s what guys do. That’s why guys play is to compete and do their job.
‘‘So far it seems like it’s been an exciting start to the season. Maybe we’re just trying to get the fans back in it.’’
AP Sports Writers Ira Podell, Dave Campbell and AP freelance Ian Harrison and Jess Myers contributed to this report.
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