Well the Blades may have been sick of Rebel cheap shots
by Pepper Carrot
Cowen running the goalie(3 times, followed up by line brawl)
Cowen blindsiding Elliott then continuing to punch him
Nugent-Hopkins with the behind the back left hook on Sutter(promptly followed up by a fight)
Dumba slash on Sutter(Or Benson)
These teams have certainly developed a rivalry. The Blades raising their sticks could have been to the Booster club thanking them for the support, they do that alot at home games. But it also couldve been to piss off the fans.
As for what the Blades team did, if you see one of your stars get a "wicked slash" at the end of the game, you're going to answer the bell. However it seems like the Blades didnt actually outnumber and jump on the Rebels team, they just sort of told Dumba to beat it.
Again, im just going by what you said. Molleken has a real tight leash on these kids. They had ZERO players suspended last year and ZERO so far this year(if my memory serves me correctly)