Police still investigating fight

Updated: January 6, 2012, 1:58 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

A man who identified himself on a Philadelphia Flyers' fan forum on Facebook and claimed he took part in the beating of a New York Rangers fan was interviewed Thursday and subsequently released.

A source told ESPNNewYork.com that the man's statements were only a prank and he was not involved in the melee following the Winter Classic on Monday.

A Philadelphia police spokesperson said Friday that the investigation of the fight is ongoing. The South division is still soliciting tips or any smartphone evidence to learn more about the incident.

A graphic video shows three suspects wearing Flyers jerseys beating and kicking the two victims outside Geno's Steaks in South Philly at 7:15 p.m. ET.

One of the victims was an off-duty Woodbridge, N.J., police officer, according to Woodbridge Township spokesman John Hagerty. NBC New York identified him as Neal Auricchio, 30, who the station says also served as a Marine in Iraq.

He was released from the hospital after receiving stitches and is on medical leave from the Woodbridge Police Department.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPNNewYork.com.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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