A New York Islanders fan slashed the face of a New York Rangers fan outdoors Madison Sq. Backyard following his workforce’s blowout loss Wednesday evening, police mentioned.
The incident occurred as followers of the regional rivals had been leaving the world at round 9:45 p.m. The Rangers gained 5-0, the New York Each day Information reported.
A witness mentioned the alleged slasher, who was carrying the jersey of former Islanders energy ahead Todd Bertuzzi, took out a blade and slashed the Rangers fan within the face and neck. It was not instantly clear what prompted the confrontation and the suspect was not recognized in reviews.
“I responded with the cops,” mentioned an MSG safety guard, who didn’t give his identify. “It was two guys in hockey jerseys combating it out. One was chopping the opposite. Once we obtained there, he was bleeding and he was down.”
The sufferer was taken to a hospital. His situation was not instantly recognized.
“He was down and out,” Richard Eubanks, one other witness, mentioned of the sufferer. “He was bleeding from his nostril to his cheek. Somebody was holding his neck regular whereas one other man known as 911.”
He mentioned a number of fights broke out all through the night.
“It was Islanders vs. Rangers, and it was a Rangers fan down,” Eubanks mentioned. “There have been fights all evening lengthy. It’s unhappy. It was sport.”
The rivalry for each groups has escalated lately following the Islanders 2015 transfer to Brooklyn after calling Lengthy Island house for a number of many years.