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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 | 11:03 AM

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Panthers defenceman T. J Brennan 'helps' the Devils' Stephen Gionta get out of the Florida bench on Saturday. (Jason DeCrow/Associated Press) Panthers defenceman T. J Brennan 'helps' the Devils' Stephen Gionta get out of the Florida bench on Saturday. (Jason DeCrow/Associated Press)

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Stephen Gionta getting turfed from the Florida Panthers bench on Saturday inspired us to take a look back at other times when the action on the ice has spilled over into the bench area:
Typically, the action in NHL games is confined to the ice.

That wasn't the case on Saturday afternoon at "The Rock" in Newark, N.J.

After a check from Florida's Dmitri Kulikov sent the Devils' Stephen Gionta flying into the Panthers bench on Saturday, defenceman T.J. Brennan gave his opponent a not-so-helping hand in getting back on the ice:



That moment inspired us to take a look back at other times when the action on the ice has spilled over into the bench area:

Cal Clutterbuck vs. Alex Burrows

The Wild's leader in hits thought he had Burrows lined up -- but the Minnesota player goes headfirst into the Vancouver bench:




Robbie Ftorek vs. Referees


The New Jersey coach lost his cool and offered the game's officials a seat:




Scott Hartnell vs. Li'l Hulk




That incident also prompted a response from the real Hulkster, as well as a fan video titled "Hartnellmania."


Lindy Ruff vs. Bryan Murray


The Sabres and Senators coaches get up-close and personal. Ruff scores points for not passing no man's land, while Murray shows some excellent balance:




Fan vs. The Buffalo Sabres


Fans should never ever, ever, ever, EVER get on the ice, and this pummeling at the hands of Sabres tough guy Rob Ray is why:



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