12 February 2011
It seemed as though the WWE was back at the Coliseum last night, but it was only a game between the Islanders and Penguins. Going into the game the Islanders had the events of last game in their minds and the Penguins knew they could be in for a tough one. But nobody could have expected what Transpired.
The Islanders played a great game offensively. Early on they put pressure on the Penguins net minder, Brent “one punch” Johnson and it paid off.
-Travis Hamonic scored at 8:51 of the first period on a shot that hit the cross bar and bounced into the net off of Brent Johnson.
-Jessie Joensuu scored on a wrist shot to make it 2-0 at 12:52.
-PA Parenteau tipped in a shot from Travis Hamonic to make it 3-0 Islanders.
-In the closing minute of the 1st period, Michael Grabner scored all alone as everybody was distracted by Zenon Konopka and Deryk Engelland were shoving and yapping at each other by the player benches.
That’s four goals against the penguins in the FIRST PERIOD ALONE!
-Then John Tavares redirects a shot at 3:12 to make it 5-0 Isles.
-Micheal Haley scores on a power move to the net to make it 6-0 Isles just 30 seconds after the Tavares goal.
-Matt Moulson scored on a tip in at 13:31 then scored again on a 5 on 3 power play for the Islanders to make it 8-2.
-Finaly, Michael Grabner scored shorthanded goal at 17:51 to make the final score 9-3.
-Oh yeah the Pens did score, Letang, Staal and Kennedy would be their only goal scorers.
Info lost in the brawl
The Islanders had six different goal scorers in last night’s slugfest at the coliseum, which is something that does not happen often, as well as scored nine goals in one game, something that really doesn’t happen often for the Islanders.
Also the Islanders had three players reach or cross the 20 goal plateau in the game. Michael Grabner had his 20th and 21st goals of the season, as well as Matt Moulson. John Tavares also reached his 20th goal of the season last night. Not to mention Micheal Haley scored an impressive first goal last night as well.
Also adding, Mikko Koskinen stopped 35 of 38 shots with a save percentage of .921.
Courtesy of Eric Hornick, Bruno Gervais matched his career high plus 4 last night. Always good to see a stand up guy like Gervais have a good game. He was about the only guy who didn’t fight last night.
Last night the Islanders and Penguins turned back the clock to old school hockey. Scoring and Brawling is what the headline read on TSN and that’s exactly what it was. There was a combined 65 penalties, 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections, 15 fighting majors, and 20 game misconducts. Here’s how it all broke down,
First to fight was call up Micheal Haley and Craig Adams.
At 17:56 Trevor gillies and Craig Eric Godard dropped the gloves for the games second fight.
Then as Zenon Konopka and Deryk Engelland were exchanging words and shoving near the player benches Michael Grabner score a goal. celebrity news Needless to say the Pens probably would have like to done that over.
The period ended with John Tavares taking exception to a hit from Kris Letang. Tavares took a whack at Letang’s legs and Letang went down in pain. He was helped off the ice, but returned seemingly fine in the second.
All hell broke loose in the second period, up 6-0 Matt Martin jumped Maxime Talbot near center ice and a brawl ensued.
The hitting continued into the third period and so did the Brawls. Enjoy video of the third period Royal Rumble.
Post Game Interviews
What is to come?
Don’t be surprised when Trevor Gillies, Micheal Haley, and Matt Martin are suspended by the NHL. Not to mention Eric Godard will be assessed a 10 game suspension for coming off the bench to defend his goaltender. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma will also be suspended for Godard’s actions. Expect at least a 3 game suspension for the three Islanders.
The Penguins and Islanders don’t meet again until March 8 in the second to last game of the season.
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