The Penguins and Islanders sparred in a game that won’t soon be forgotten.
The Islanders ended up on the better end of the scoresheet, recording a 9-3 win at Nassau Coliseum. But the number of fights and post-whistle skirmishes was really the story of the game.
The Penguins finished the game with five players receiving game misconducts (and six total as Eric Godard was given a double game misconduct) and piled up 163 penalty minutes. The Islanders recorded 183 penalty minutes as both teams combined for 346.
The lasting image of the game will no doubt be the view of only two Penguins players left on the bench, and only four on the ice, as the final buzzer sounded.
Games of this nature are a test of the character and commitment of a player to his teammates. The Penguins passed with flying colors, as they stuck up for their teammates throughout the entire game.
Whether it was Deryk Engelland helping out Maxime Talbot, Eric Godard defending Brent Johnson or the entire squad coming to the defense of Eric Tangradi, the players all banded together.
The game didn’t have the result the Penguins had hoped for, but the players’ bond to each other was the shining point of this contest.
The Islanders jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period that they would never relinquish, and it was Michael Grabner’s goal with less than a minutes left in the opening frame that gave New York that four-goal lead and put the Penguins in too deep of a hole to recover from.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - John Tavares, Matt Moulson and rookie Michael Grabner all scored their 20th goal of the season and the New York Islanders got some revenge against the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins with their sticks and their fists in a fight-filled 9-3 victory on Friday night.
- The Penguins set several team records in regards to penalties and PIMs against the Islanders. Pittsburgh was assessed 31 penalties in the contest for a total of 163 penalty minutes. Pittsburgh’s 163 penalty minutes set a franchise record (previously 158 at NY Rangers, Oct. 30, 1988), while its 31 penalties were only one shy of the team record (32, at NY Rangers, Oct. 30, 1988).
- Pittsburgh’s power play unit scored three goals in a 3-for-11 effort. All three Penguins’ tallies in the contest were scored on the man-advantage. Kris Letang, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy were the Penguins’ goal scorers.
- Eric Tangradi, who was hit hard late in the game, passed initial tests by doctors but had concussion-like symptoms, according to head coach Dan Bylsma.
- New York’s Travis Hamonic scored the opening goal at 8:52 of the first period. That scored ended the Penguins shutout streak against the Islanders at 173 minutes and 17 seconds – a stretch of eight periods and an overtime session.
#1. John Tavares
Center - 91
#2. Matt Moulson
Left Wing - 26
#3. Michael Grabner
Right Wing - 40
Author: Sam Kasan