In the context of this afternoon's post on Caps/Rangers post-lockout pugilism, I was left feeling a bit nostalgic for the good ol' days of this rivalry. So I reached out (on Twitter) to friend-of-the-blog Alan May and asked him if he had any favorite fights against the Blueshirts. His response:
Naturally, that set my curiosity afire, and here's the first of those two May vs. King bouts, via Hockeyfights.com, from October 13, 1989 (the other is apparently not on YouTube insofar as I can tell, but of note, May received an instigator on that fight and fought Tie Domi later in the same game):
As for the second part of the tweet, after defeating the Devils in six games in the 1990 Patrick Division Semifinals, the Caps advanced to face the Rangers in the Division Finals. New York beat the Caps 7-3 on home ice in the first game (Bernie Nicholls with the hat trick), but Dale Hunter fought Normand Rochefort 4:19 into Game 2, May fought Troy Mallette five minutes later (Mallette apparently didn't get a fighting major) and the Caps rolled to a 6-3 victory behind a hat trick from... John Druce, of course.
The Caps finished off the Rangers in five games, outscoring New York 19-8 over the final four games thanks to a couple of momentum shifting fights early in Game 2. Yep, the good ol' days.