February 13, 2011 by staff
Islanders Penguins, (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said the NHL has failed in its punishment of the New York Islanders following a fight filled game between the teams – and went up to ask if he wanted to stay in league. Lemieux, who had a reputation of playing hockey career with the Penguins, released a statement Sunday in which he broke through the manipulation of the league after 9-3, Friday night, the Islanders’ victory in which the existence of 346 minutes of penalty, 10 ejections, 15 and 20 fighting majors misconduct.
“Hockey is a tough, physical game, and this should always be. But what happened Friday night in Long Island is not hockey. It was a travesty, “said Lemieux.” It was painful to watch the game I like to make an attraction like this. ”
The NHL suspended New York before Trevor Gillies of nine games and Matt Martin for four and hit with a fine team and 100,000 late nights Saturday, the Islanders say, “Must bear some responsibility for their inability to control their players “.
Lemieux, who bought the team from bankruptcy in 1999 and finished his playing career during the 2005-06 seasons, said that sanctions were not nearly enough.
“The NHL has a chance to send a message loud and clear that these types of actions are unacceptable and embarrassing for the sport. It failed, he said. “We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. We must make it clear that such actions will not be tolerated and will be met with disciplinary action significant.
“If the events on Friday evening reflect the state of the league, I need to rethink if I want to be a part of it.”
The NHL did not immediately respond to comments Lemieux.
Pittsburgh forward Eric Godard was the only member of the Emperor ‘organization to be punished by the NHL. He received an automatic suspension of 10 games because he came off the bench to join a fight between New York, Michael Haley and goalie Brent Johnson for the Penguins.
Pittsburgh has also avoided a fine by the league. This has angered the Islanders general manager Garth Snow.
“When I saw both sides of the suspensions and fines, I was a little surprised that it was just our club got fined, Snow said Sunday before the Islanders played in Buffalo.” You can ask the league about it. There is nothing we can do about it, but put it behind us and get ready for Buffalo. ”
Snow said he had no intention to appeal the decision of the league, but noted that the Islanders player off the bench to take part in a brawl.
“I am very proud that our team showed restraint,” Snow said. “We came to play hockey and, of course, there are many things that happen during a game. I’m proud of how our team has participated, and I will support my guys. ”
Asked if the punishment was fair, “Snow said NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell had a difficult task and he would never criticize him.
“I respect the process,” Snow said. “It was a process managed by professionals.”
Campbell disciplinary hearings with stakeholders island three Saturday at the team hotel in Buffalo. Zenon Konopka all, but this group received suspensions.
The two big fights on Friday night was sparked by Martin and Gillies.
The first erupted in the second period when Martin Max Talbot jumped from behind the ice near the center and started a fight, probably in retaliation for a successful unpenalized made by Talbot, February 2 against the Islanders forward Blake Comeau, n has not played since because of a concussion.
During the previous meeting, Mr. Johnson also reversed counterpart Rick DiPietro with a punch to the face, leaving the Islanders goalie for four to six weeks because of facial fractures.
During the third period Friday Gillies charged after Penguins forward Eric Tangradi and hit him with an elbow high before landing several punches. In the tunnel leading to the dressing room Islanders, Gillies Tangradi then quipped after the player from Pittsburgh got on his skates. Tangradi was diagnosed with a concussion, and he sat down on Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers.
Already facing a growing number of concussions, including one in Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who has kept him sidelined since early January, the NHL is taking serious measures to punish the head contact.
“The actions by the Islanders’ Gillies and Martin are deliberate attempts to interfere in delivering blows to the head of the players who were suspicious and unable to defend themselves,” Campbell said in a statement announcing the suspension.
“The message must be clear to all players: the targeting of the head of an opponent by any means will be treated by the suspension.”
AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Buffalo, NY, contributed to this report.
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