Debacle on Long Island

There are a lot of things you could say about last night’s game. The best thing you can do, however, is laugh. It is the best medicine. In the end, this was just another loss for the Penguins. Laugh at the Islanders. After all, they’re well on their way to a fourth straight last-place division finish.

The Isle got “revenge” on the Pens Friday, supposedly for Brent Johnson’s TKO of Rick DiPietro and Max Talbot’s KO of Blake Comeau the last time the teams met. What was New York’s idea of revenge? Apparently, it consisted of Matt Martin trying to “Bertuzzi” Talbot at center ice. When that wasn’t enough, thug Trevor Gillies charged Eric Tangradi from behind, sending the rookie head first into the glass. Not satisfied with that cheap shot, Gillies proceeded to strike the down-and-out Tangradi, then mocked and taunted him as he received medical attention. Stay classy, Trevor.

As this scene was playing out, minor-league goon Michael Haley exacted further revenge on Talbot before skating down the ice to take on Johnson. Yeah, that’s right – Haley opted to fight a goalie. Pens enforcer Eric Godard had seen enough mayhem at this point and decided to join the fray. Unfortunately, he had to leave the bench to do so, an act that will cost him 10 games.

Even more ridiculousness broke out before the game mercifully ended, hopefully with no major Pittsburgh injuries. I’m not going to waste my time or yours by detailing the penalties and game misconducts, but suffice to say this was a game that got completely out of hand – more so than any Pens game I can ever recall.

New York – once again languishing in last place in the division and third-worst in the NHL – took advantage of a tired, understaffed Pittsburgh squad that was a night removed from a hard-fought OT win against a quality opponent. Johnson was a sieve, and the Isle took a 6-0 lead before turning the game into a no-holds-barred brawl. So, let us offer congratulations to New York for what I’m sure will be the highlight of yet another lost season. They won the game, scored 9 goals and…well, that’s about it.

Here’s some of the madness.

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