With the Boston-Habs line clearers a few nights ago being one of the rowdier games I've seen in a long time... turns out the Islanders-Pens game was worse.
It was like Friday Night Fights out there. 10 ejections, the benches looked pretty scarce by the end of the night.
What says you? Are you a fan of a crazy fight night or are you less inclined to see non stop fighting and more hockey? Personally, I like a line brawl here and there but I also think there needs to be a line drawn professionally at some point. To go non stop all game with multiple line brawls is a little bit ridiculous. But hey, I'm sure that place was juiced up. That's what happens when you take out the other guy's #1 goalie. There were cheap shots and some headhunting going on. Hockey is starting to make a big comeback and I'm ok with that.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.