NHL takes disciplinary action regarding Penguins and Islanders game
If you ask anyone their favourite part of a hockey game, answers will vary. Some will say it’s the hits, some will say it’s the fights, and some will say it’s the goals. Friday night’s matchup which saw the Islanders destroy the Penguins 9-3 featured all of this, too much of it some would argue especially the NHL.
After the fights were fought, the goals were scored, and the dust settled, three players received suspensions totalling 23 games and $100,000.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will lose Eric Godard for 10 games. The suspension was handed to Godard for leaving the bench to aid a player in a fight. This action was taken after Micheal Haley tried to get in a fight with Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson. Godard felt that the fight would be unfair, and didn’t want to see the Penguins keeper to get hurt, so he jumped the boards and grabbed Martin for a fight, he was handed two roughing penalties and two game misconducts during the game, but according to NHL rules, Godard’s actions carried a minimum ten-game suspension.
The Islanders Trevor Gillies has been suspended for nine games, while Matt Martin will be out for four, while the Islanders’ organization will be fined for $100,000.
Gillies, was suspended due to delivering an elbow to the head of Penguins forward Eric Tangardi. Tangardi would stay down as a result of the hit and was treated by medical personnel on the ice. After the fight was over, Gilles was caught on camera taunting Tangradi as he tried to get back on his feet and to the bench after the hit. He was given two minor penalties, a major penalty for elbowing, and a ten minute misconduct with a game misconduct.
Martin’s nine game suspension, was arguably most deserved as he delivered what is being called a Bertuzzi-like play to Penguins forward Max Talbot. Martin chased down the Penguins forward and punched him from behind at center ice. This resulted in one of the many fights which occurred in the game.
This dirty play was all because Talbot plastered Islanders forward Blake Comeau the previous week with a blindside hit and was not penalized for it, despite Comeau suffering from what is being called a concussion because of it.
Martin was given a major fighting penalty, a ten minute misconduct and a game misconduct due to his actions with Talbot.
So, there you have it, with all good things come consequences, it may have been a thrilling game to watch, but either way people had to pay, with injuries, and with suspensions which shows that the NHL is starting to take steps forward with cracking down on dangerous situations.
With all that being said, do you think that the NHL has it right this time, was the right disciplinary action handed out in this situation?