But, Martin was down there stirring sh!t. If it was the other way around and Martin was on defense on a team that was about to lose an emotional game, he would have hit the guy as well. As well he should have.
Bottom line, its hockey. I like that Martin went down there to mix it up, and I don't begrudge the Pens for taking liberties - if they were my team, I'd be pissed if they didn't.
And, with 30 seconds left, when my wife asked me should we go....I paused and said - lets stay, there's going to be some fireworks (she was confused, b/c she thought there would literally be fireworks), and they didn't disappoint.
One thing I forgot to mention - not sure if they showed this on the broadcast....In the third period, when it was getting chippy (can't remember if it was tied or the Isles had the lead), Cooke and Carkner were mixing it up. Carkner starts skating towards him - Cooke shakes his gloves to Cark basically asking him if he wants to drop'em. Its clear that Cooke was trying to goad Carkner into a penalty because there is NO WAY that Cooke is going to fight Carkner at that point - he would get killed and the crowd would be in a frenzy.
Good on Cark for not taking the bait....I'm sure he wanted some revenge for Cooke absolutely destroying him leading up to the Sutter goal.
I like Cooke. He's the kind of guy you like....when he's on your team.
Loved when Martin wouldn't let that dick Cooke on his bench
"Tomas Vokoun is a guy who can step in and play," he said. "He's had success and won hockey games against this team. Has had success this year."
He also commented on the bad goal given up by Fleury at the end of the 2nd period.
Also agree that win or lose, it is great to be an Islander fan right now. There is something special about seeing a young team begin to come together and realize their potential. Midway through the season, I was wondering how the Isles could possibly keep this young nucleus together, and I think this run over the last 6-8 weeeks will ensure that this team stays together for the next couple of years.
It will be very interesting what referees the NHL assign to game #5. They have to be extremely worried that their precious "Sindy" will be out in the first round two years in a row. Also, let's hope Pens coach pulls a Rex and keeps thinking that "Fleury gives us the best chance to win." By "us", I mean Islanders, of course
In terms of the whistles in the pocket in the 3rd period, at one point a penguin was lying on top of an Islander behind the play and you could see the Pen shoving the Isles head into the ice THREE times! No call. No one has mentioned it.
The ratings for this series has to be thru the roof. Back and forth. I love it as a hockey fan, but hate it as a pens fan. The isles are making a serious statement right now.
And its official - Vokoun to start...
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=6...d=nhl:topheadsPittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma announced Wednesday that Tomas Vokoun would start in goal for Game 5 of his team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the New York Islanders, which resumes Thursday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).
"Tomas is capable of being a great goalie for us," Bylsma said.
Vokoun last started a playoff game in 2006-07 as a member of the Nashville Predators. He is 3-8-1 with a 2.47 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 11 playoff appearances. In his first season with the Penguins, the 36-year-old goalie went 13-4-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 save percentage in 20 games this season.
Vokoun will replace Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 2-2 with a 3.40 GAA and .891 save percentage. He allowed six goals on 24 shots in Game 4.
They have a lot more problems than just Flurrie, the Isles have taken the play to them
Thursdays game is at 7pm. Have they announced Saturdays game time yet? NHL.com has TBD.
"The New York Islanders start time for Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins is set for either 4:30 or 7 p.m. If the Montreal Canadiens/Ottawa Senators series concludes Thursday, Game 6 of the Islanders/Penguins series will start at 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum. Otherwise, the game will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the game to avoid long lines. Coliseum doors will open two hours prior to start time. The Plaza located outside of the Coliseum Box Office will have music, interactive games, the smash car and various other activities three hours prior to the opening faceoff."