New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins Fights Brawl February 11, 2011 HD





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Published on Feb 12, 2011

The New York Islanders wanted revenge last night, and they got it in every form in a wild 9-3 fight-filled win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A little over one week ago the Isles were humiliated by the Pens. They were shutout 3-0 in Pittsburgh. Rick DiPietro was one-punched to the ice by fellow goaltender Brent Johnson. DiPietro will miss time with injuries from that fight. Blake Comeau took a blind-side hit from Max Talbot and hasn't played a game since.

It took almost 10 minutes, but the fun started to begin for the Islanders. Travis Hamonic opened up the scoring. A couple of minutes after that Michael Haley dominated a fight against Craig Adams. After another couple of minutes the Islanders increased their lead. After it rose to 3-0 Eric Godard challenged Trevor Gillies. At home and always willing, the heavyweights swung away until they were each tired enough to skate away with little intervention from the linesmen. The Islanders added one more goal for good measure.

A few minutes into the second period John Tavares scored his 20th of the season. 30 seconds after that Haley netted the first goal of his NHL career. It was at that score, 6-0 when wild went to a new level in the post-lockout era.

Matt Martin threw a from-the-side sucker-punch at Talbot. While Martin tried to get more of a fight out of it, everyone paired up. Pascal Dupuis and Josh Bailey locked up, each earning their first fighting major in the NHL. At the same time, Michael Rupp took a bout against Hamonic.

From there, it looked like the game might simmer, the teams exchanged a pair of goals and few penalties were called. But it was far from over.

Almost fight minutes into the third Gillies played the boards high against Eric Tangradi. Gillies was sparked, trying to get at Tangradi and players on the ice paired off again. Haley got a hold of Talbot, taking down another Pen. Haley wasn't done there and started chirping with Johnson, who was far out of his crease, observing the action at the other end of the ice. Haley started skating toward Johnson, who was shedding his equipment. They lock up and as the punches are starting to come Godard rushes in from off the bench.

That wasn't the end for Islanders going after Talbot. Later in the period Zenon Konopka did his best to get at the marked man. No majors were called, but the video is below.

There was still one more bout to be had. Joe Vitale took an easy decision over Andrew MacDonald. Another pair of players both picking up their first NHL fighitng major.


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