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New York
Islanders
35-38-9
New York
Rangers
42-27-13

24 SOG
31 SOG
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game recap

Rangers 4, Islanders 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:33 AM

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -Islanders forward Radek Martinek accused Rangers enforcer Ryan Hollweg of trying to rip the stitches out of a fresh gash on the left side of his face Thursday night.

Martinek, a non-threatening defenseman, received 15 stitches Wednesday night after being cut by a skate blade during the Islanders' 3-2 shootout win over Ottawa.

"Give Martinek credit, playing after an injury like that," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "In this game, you have to have some respect. When a guy like Hollweg tries to scratch an open cut on someone's face, that's not professional. It's not a classy thing to do."

Hollweg denied threatening Martinek or trying to grab the stitches during the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Islanders.

Martinek was back in the lineup Thursday and joined a first-period scrum near the benches that featured the hardest hitters on both teams - Brendan Witt and Chris Simon of the Islanders, who were scuffling with Colton Orr of the Rangers.

As players from both teams entered the fray, Martinek said Hollweg threatened him and then reached for his face.

"He said he is going to take my stitches out. I think that was stupid," said Martinek, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound defenseman.

Martinek added that no damage was done, but said he had never seen a player act in such a way.

"No, no. Never, never," he said. "I think he could show a little bit of respect, but he didn't. I cannot respect him."

Hollweg contended that he was merely defending Orr, a 6-3, 222-pound forward, who has five career points and 239 penalty minutes in 114 NHL games. Simon and Witt had already double-teamed Orr before Martinek got near.

"There's three guys all over Orrsie and he goes in there," Hollweg said. "I was just clearly protecting my teammate. I might have face-washed him, but I wasn't attempting to pull his stitches out by any means.

"I was just trying to clear guys out. I am not going to let them have a fourth guy go in there."

Orr was given a four-minute penalty for roughing with 2:41 left in the first period, and Witt took a single minor. Simon and Hollweg weren't penalized.

Last season, Simon received a 25-game suspension for a two-handed stick-swinging attack to the face of Hollweg, who wasn't seriously injured.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:18
NYR
Jaromir Jagr (6) Snap shot - ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (4), Martin Straka (2)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
03:53
NYI
PPG - Miroslav Satan (7) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
06:20
NYR
PPG - Chris Drury (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Girardi (5), Brendan Shanahan (9)
2 - 1 NYR
16:20
NYR
PPG - Scott Gomez (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Drury (11), Michal Rozsival (7)
3 - 1 NYR
17:57
NYI
Mike Comrie (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Radek Martinek (5)
3 - 2 NYR
3rd Period
16:44
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky (3) Tip-in - ASST: Martin Straka (3), Jaromir Jagr (14)
4 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:23
NYR
Petr Prucha  Hooking against  Richard Park
05:35
NYI
Richard Park  Hooking against  Dan Girardi
09:31
NYR
Scott Gomez  Closing hand on puck
11:02
NYR
Marc Staal  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:19
NYR
Colton Orr  Roughing against  Mike Comrie
17:19
NYR
Colton Orr  Roughing against  Mike Comrie
17:19
NYI
Brendan Witt  Roughing against  Colton Orr
2nd Period
01:37
NYI
Mike Sillinger  Hooking against  Michal Rozsival
03:31
NYR
Martin Straka  Hooking against  Andy Sutton
03:54
NYR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Simon
03:54
NYI
Chris Simon  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
05:11
NYI
Bill Guerin  Hooking against  Marc Staal
10:29
NYI
Ruslan Fedotenko  Hooking against  Brandon Dubinsky
14:39
NYI
Chris Simon  Slashing against  Jaromir Jagr
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
SA: 31TOI: 58:37
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 24TOI: 59:39
Saves: 22EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .917SH: 3 - 3