Haley & Islanders Beat Down Pens
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.
Matt Martin threw a from-the-side sucker-punch at Talbot. While Martin tried to get more of a fight out of it, everyone paired up. Pascal Dupuis and Josh Bailey locked up, each earning their first fighting major in the NHL. At the same time, Michael Rupp took a bout against Hamonic.
From there, it looked like the game might simmer, the teams exchanged a pair of goals and few penalties were called. But it was far from over.
Almost fight minutes into the third Gillies played the boards high against Eric Tangradi. Gillies was sparked, trying to get at Tangradi and players on the ice paired off again. Haley got a hold of Talbot, taking down another Pen. Haley wasn't done there and started chirping with Johnson, who was far out of his crease, observing the action at the other end of the ice. Haley started skating toward Johnson, who was shedding his equipment. They lock up and as the punches are starting to come Godard rushes in from off the bench.
That wasn't the end for Islanders going after Talbot. Later in the period Zenon Konopka did his best to get at the marked man. No majors were called, but the video is below.
- Godard: an easy automatic 10-game suspension.
- Martin: his sucker-punch will earn him 6-8. While Talbot wasn't hurt, that was a Bertuzzi-esque scenario. He might sit 10 games.
- Gillies: his elbow and antics will possibly cost him 3.
- Haley: he may get 2 for the dual fighting major, but it's not a given. He may see no supplementary discipline in his direction.
Dan Bylsma: currently suspended due to Godard until the league rules on it. He might miss a game, but it's doubtful given the circumstances of Godard's bench-hopping.
Edit 10:00 am: clarification - Bylsma is not suspended automatically.
I've seen a large variety of total PIM counts from the game. I'll recount tomorrow when it's more final. The fighting majors seem to be proper now, so fight counts should be correct.
Apr 8th is the next and last time the Islanders and Penguins play this season.
Joe Vitale vs Andrew MacDonald Feb 11, 2011
Brent Johnson vs Micheal Haley Feb 11, 2011
Maxime Talbot vs Micheal Haley Feb 11, 2011
Brad Staubitz vs Brad Winchester Feb 11, 2011
Daniel Winnik vs Derek Dorsett Feb 11, 2011
David Koci vs Jared Boll Feb 11, 2011
Michael Rupp vs Travis Hamonic Feb 11, 2011
Pascal Dupuis vs Josh Bailey Feb 11, 2011
Maxime Talbot vs Matt Martin Feb 11, 2011
Cody McLeod vs Jared Boll Feb 11, 2011
Eric Godard vs Trevor Gillies Feb 11, 2011
Craig Adams vs Micheal Haley Feb 11, 2011
Prust-Boulton to be added later today.
Konopka going after Talbot