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Islanders 9, Penguins 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Islanders 9, Penguins 3
Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New York Islanders 9

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Islanders battered goalie Brent Johnson with their sticks and their fists, and didn't need any help from Rick DiPietro to do it.

Just nine days after Johnson beat the Islanders in Pittsburgh and flattened DiPietro with a one-punch takedown in a rare goalie fight, the Islanders responded offensively and physically in a 9-3 victory on Friday night that will certainly be remembered for the outbursts of violence that pockmarked the final two periods.

The teams combined for 65 penalties that totaled 346 minutes and including 10 ejections. There were 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts in the game that set records for both teams for most combined penalty minutes and left few players around to finish it.

Things were so heated, that a fence between the two dressing rooms was shut during a hallway lockdown. NHL suspensions will likely be a result, too.

"It was a pretty entertaining affair, and we'll take the two points," said Islanders forward John Tavares. "I've never seen anything like that before. It just wouldn't stop. But it just shows that we'll do anything for each other."

The Islanders were still bitter about the previous meeting, in which they were shut out for the second straight time in Pittsburgh. On top of that, they lost DiPietro for 4 to 6 weeks because of broken bones in his face as the result of Johnson's devastating left punch. New York also lost forward Blake Comeau to a concussion sustained from a hit by Max Talbot, who was a target of the Islanders' anger in the rematch.

Talbot was jumped by Matt Martin in the second period to ignite the first brawl. He then fought callup Micheal Haley in the third period before Haley skated down the ice to get in his licks on Johnson, too.

Haley became an instant favorite among the 12,888 in attendance, who probably never heard of him before his recall from Bridgeport of the AHL on Friday. But they chanted his name every time there was another dustup, long after he was kicked out.

"He's a great kid," tough guy Zenon Konopka said. "We went through training camp with him, and we just fell in love with him right away. He immediately became a part of our family. So, here comes Cousin Mike, and he gives us something to build off."

The Islanders and Penguins will meet once more on April 8 on Long Island. If bad blood still remains then it will likely be boiling on Pittsburgh's side.

"A guy who would challenge a goalie - it's kind of a cheap move," Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said of Haley. "So I think we're going to play our game, but there are going to be consequences."

Letang spoke in soft tones, but his anger was clear. Letang was felled in the final seconds of the first period by a slash on his leg from Tavares. It took some time for him to regain feeling and get to his feet, but he was able to finish the game.

When they were actually playing hockey, Tavares, Matt Moulson and rookie Michael Grabner all scored their 20th goal of the season. New York scored four goals in the first period and four more in the second.

The second-period brawl was just the appetizer for a third-period donnybrook - in which Johnson fought again - that caused a delay of about 15 minutes. With multiple ejections, both benches had only a handful of players on them for the final 12-plus minutes.

"The first half of the game was a hockey game, and the second was not," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "I certainly didn't anticipate the third period looking like that. At that point we were going out to play and play hard and not put our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves or anything else. I wasn't expecting quite what we got."

New York chased Johnson 3:46 into the second period when Haley made it 6-0 on the Islanders' 16th shot. As Johnson skated to the backup goalie seat in the tunnel leading to the Penguins' dressing room, he was showered with an avalanche of boos from the unusually large crowd that clearly remembered what he did to DiPietro.

But his night wasn't over. Johnson returned at the start of the third period and got bowled over 1:19 in when Grabner was knocked into him by a hard hit from Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik.

The second huge brawl broke out at 4:47, and Haley had two fights in the melee - first with Talbot and then with Johnson after the goalie skated out toward the blue line. Haley charged after him, and both players dropped their gloves and started punching. Eric Godard jumped off the Pittsburgh bench to get involved and try to protect the Penguins' netminder.

Haley's actions caught Johnson by surprise.

"He just came down. I don't know. It's all a blur right now," Johnson said. "One of those things in hockey that just kind of happens. I feel responsible for some of the bad stuff that happened to us early on and this is one we have to put behind us."

The second major uprising was sparked by New York enforcer Trevor Gillies' elbow that left Eric Tangradi prone on the ice. Tangradi was recalled on Friday from Wilkes Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Godard and Haley were both ejected with double game misconducts. Godard could be in line for an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to join a fight.

Bylsma said Tangradi was examined by the Islanders' doctors and showed signs of concussion-like symptoms.

Pittsburgh's Craig Adams and Gillies were also booted from the game. Johnson was forced to remain in the net and heard boos and derisive chants during the final minutes.

Travis Hamonic, Jesse Joensuu, and P.A. Parenteau added goals for the Islanders, who earned their second win in two days after beating Montreal on the road in a shootout on Thursday night. Mikko Koskinen earned both wins - his first two in the NHL.

Moulson and Grabner both added second goals to give them a team-leading 21 as the Islanders broke out with their highest-scoring game of the season. Grabner provided the final punch with a short-handed breakaway goal with 2:09 remaining in the game.

Letang, Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored power-play goals for Pittsburgh, which won at home in overtime against Los Angeles on Thursday and will play at the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon. It hardly mattered in this one that the Penguins were again without All-Stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The melee in the second period came when Martin jumped Talbot in the neutral zone. The Islanders had made Talbot a marked man because of his hit against Comeau, who hasn't played since.

"We know they might try to bump Johnny a little bit," Orpik said. "I don't know what they were so frustrated about. Johnny got into a fight with their goalie, who was very willing, and you've got guys like Trevor Gillies who are out to hurt people. The league takes care of all that stuff, and I'm sure they will."

Martin's actions sparked fights between unlikely brawlers Josh Bailey of the Islanders and Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis, Hamonic and Penguins forward Mike Rupp, and another matchup of Martin and Deryk Engelland.

Bailey was ejected following his first NHL fight along with teammates Martin and Hamonic, and Pittsburgh's Engelland, Rupp and Dupuis. Martin was also hit with an instigator penalty and a separate 10-minute misconduct.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed two goals on nine shots in 16 minutes, 14 seconds of action in the second period. Johnson then returned for his rough third period. He was slow in getting back to his skates after being down in a snow-angel position for a few moments after being hit by Grabner before his fight.

Notes: Haley, who played in his third career NHL game, had 144 penalty minutes in 50 games at Bridgeport this season. ... In addition to the absence of Crosby and Malkin, the Penguins were also without forwards Matt Cooke (suspension), Arron Asham (upper body), Mike Comrie (hip), Chris Kunitz (lower body), Mark Letestu (lower body). ... The Penguins hadn't allowed nine goals since an 9-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, 2003.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:51
NYI
Travis Hamonic (2) ASST: Michael Grabner (9), Frans Nielsen (20)
1 - 0 NYI
12:52
NYI
Jesse Joensuu (4) ASST: Josh Bailey (10), Matt Martin (5)
2 - 0 NYI
17:48
NYI
PPG - Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (14) ASST: Travis Hamonic (11), John Tavares (23)
3 - 0 NYI
19:12
NYI
Michael Grabner (20) ASST: Bruno Gervais (5), Radek Martinek (7)
4 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
03:16
NYI
John Tavares (20) ASST: Travis Hamonic (12), Matt Moulson (13)
5 - 0 NYI
03:46
NYI
Micheal Haley (1) ASST: Jack Hillen (8)
6 - 0 NYI
06:08
PIT
PPG - Kris Letang (8) ASST: Alex Goligoski (20), Brett Sterling (1)
6 - 1 NYI
09:04
PIT
PPG - Jordan Staal (5) ASST: Tyler Kennedy (16)
6 - 2 NYI
13:31
NYI
Matt Moulson (20) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (21), John Tavares (24)
7 - 2 NYI
17:50
NYI
PPG - Matt Moulson (21) ASST: John Tavares (25), Milan Jurcina (8)
8 - 2 NYI
3rd Period
07:46
PIT
PPG - Tyler Kennedy (11) ASST: Kris Letang (35), Joe Vitale (1)
8 - 3 NYI
17:51
NYI
SHG - Michael Grabner (21) ASST: NONE
9 - 3 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
02:37
NYI
Micheal Haley  Roughing against  Zbynek Michalek
10:22
NYI
Micheal Haley  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Adams
10:22
PIT
Craig Adams  Fighting (maj) against  Micheal Haley
14:33
NYI
Travis Hamonic  Hooking against  Mike Rupp
15:51
PIT
Eric Tangradi  Too many men/ice - bench
17:56
PIT
Eric Godard  Fighting (maj) against  Trevor Gillies
17:56
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Godard
20:00
NYI
John Tavares  Slashing against  Kris Letang
2nd Period
05:21
NYI
Matt Martin  Game misconduct
05:21
NYI
Matt Martin  Misconduct (10 min)
05:21
NYI
Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Maxime Talbot
05:21
PIT
Mike Rupp  Game misconduct
05:21
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Game misconduct
05:21
NYI
Josh Bailey  Game misconduct
05:21
PIT
Deryk Engelland  Roughing against  Matt Martin
05:21
NYI
Travis Hamonic  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
05:21
NYI
Matt Martin  Instigator against  Deryk Engelland
05:21
NYI
Travis Hamonic  Game misconduct
05:21
PIT
Deryk Engelland  Game misconduct against  Matt Martin
05:21
PIT
Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Hamonic
05:21
NYI
Josh Bailey  Fighting (maj) against  Pascal Dupuis
05:21
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Fighting (maj) against  Josh Bailey
07:51
NYI
Frans Nielsen  Slashing against  Alex Goligoski
17:20
PIT
Eric Godard  Roughing against  Jack Hillen
17:30
PIT
Zbynek Michalek  Slashing against  Michael Grabner
3rd Period
01:19
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Charging against  Kyle Okposo
01:19
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Roughing against  Brooks Orpik
04:47
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Roughing against  Eric Tangradi
04:47
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Roughing against  Eric Tangradi
04:47
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Misconduct (10 min)
04:47
PIT
Brent Johnson  Fighting (maj) against  Micheal Haley
04:47
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Game misconduct
04:47
NYI
Micheal Haley  Fighting (maj) against  Brent Johnson
04:47
NYI
Micheal Haley  Fighting (maj) against  Brent Johnson
04:47
NYI
Micheal Haley  Game misconduct
04:47
NYI
Trevor Gillies  Elbowing (maj) against  Eric Tangradi
04:47
NYI
Micheal Haley  Misconduct (10 min)
04:47
PIT
Craig Adams  Roughing against  Trevor Gillies
04:47
PIT
Craig Adams  Game misconduct
04:47
PIT
Eric Godard  Roughing against  Micheal Haley
04:47
PIT
Eric Godard  Roughing against  Micheal Haley
04:47
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Fighting (maj) against  Micheal Haley
04:47
NYI
Micheal Haley  Instigator against  Eric Godard
04:47
PIT
Eric Godard  Game misconduct
04:47
PIT
Eric Godard  Game misconduct
12:12
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Interference on goalkeeper against  Brent Johnson
12:12
PIT
Brett Sterling  Roughing against  Kyle Okposo
12:40
PIT
Tyler Kennedy  Holding against  Frans Nielsen
16:04
PIT
Kris Letang  Roughing against  Kyle Okposo
16:04
PIT
Kris Letang  Misconduct (10 min)
16:04
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Misconduct (10 min)
16:04
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Misconduct (10 min)
16:04
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Misconduct (10 min)
16:04
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Maxime Talbot
16:04
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Roughing against  Zenon Konopka
16:04
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Roughing against  Kris Letang
16:04
NYI
Jesse Joensuu  Too many men/ice - bench
16:12
NYI
Jack Hillen  Misconduct (10 min) against  Brett Sterling
16:12
PIT
Brett Sterling  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jack Hillen
17:43
PIT
Joe Vitale  Cross checking against  Andrew MacDonald
17:43
NYI
Andrew MacDonald  Cross checking against  Joe Vitale
17:43
NYI
Andrew MacDonald  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Vitale
17:43
PIT
Joe Vitale  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew MacDonald
17:58
PIT
Ryan Craig  Misconduct (10 min)
17:58
PIT
Ryan Craig  Cross checking against  Frans Nielsen
goalie stats
Brent Johnson
SA: 27TOI: 43:46
Saves: 20EV: 11 - 16
PIM: 5PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .741SH: 3 - 4
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 9TOI: 16:14
Saves: 7EV: 3 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .778SH: 1 - 1
Mikko Koskinen
Mikko Koskinen
2-1-0
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 19 - 22
SV%: .921SH: 0 - 0