Haley & Islanders Beat Down Pens

| David M Singer

The New York Islanders wanted revenge last night, and they got it in every form in a wild 9-3 fight-filled win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A little over one week ago the Isles were humiliated by the Pens. They were shutout 3-0 in Pittsburgh. Rick DiPietro was one-punched to the ice by fellow goaltender Brent Johnson. DiPietro will miss time with injuries from that fight. Blake Comeau took a blind-side hit from Max Talbot and hasn't played a game since.

It took almost 10 minutes, but the fun started to begin for the Islanders. Travis Hamonic opened up the scoring. A couple of minutes after that Michael Haley dominated a fight against Craig Adams. After another couple of minutes the Islanders increased their lead. After it rose to 3-0 Eric Godard challenged Trevor Gillies. At home and always willing, the heavyweights swung away until they were each tired enough to skate away with little intervention from the linesmen. The Islanders added one more goal for good measure.

A few minutes into the second period John Tavares scored his 20th of the season. 30 seconds after that Haley netted the first goal of his NHL career. It was at that score, 6-0 when wild went to a new level in the post-lockout era.