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Under further review: NHL won’t make decisions on Pens-Isles suspensions until tonight

Feb 12, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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Much like the scorekeepers who needed some time to determine the penalty minutes for last night’s ugly Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Islanders game, TSN reports that the NHL won’t make an announcement regarding suspensions and fines for all the incidents until tonight.

The one thing we already know is that Penguins enforcer Eric Godard should face an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the team’s bench to engage Michael Haley in a fight. The thought was that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma would also serve a one-game suspension for that incident, but TSN reports that he isn’t guaranteed one.

Three Islanders are scheduled for in-person meetings with the league around 5 pm ET today: Matt Martin, Trevor Gillies and Zenon Konopka. Such meetings would allow for suspensions exceeding six games, although that doesn’t guarantee that any suspensions will be handed out either.

Gillies and Martin were among the game’s worst offenders for their on-ice incidents, but TSN points out that Konopka might be guilty of a more specific infraction.

Konopka could be facing a potential violation of rule 70.2, which involves coming onto ice on a legal change for purposes of starting an altercation.

Naturally, we will keep you informed as the league tries to clean up this mess. Both the Islanders (at Buffalo) and Penguins (at the Rangers) play games on Sunday, so the NHL needs to make a decision today. This could be a precedent-setting series of fines and suspensions, so it should be very interesting to see how this plays out.

  1. ihateannouncers - Feb 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    I can’t believe Michael Haley isn’t up for review after leaving one fight with Max Talbot, to go after goalie Brent Johnson. Both Martin and Gillies deserve suspensions.

    • James O'Brien - Feb 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM

      It’s probably important to note that there are plenty of players who could be at risk for a suspension in the game. Those three Islanders are just the most likely to get a substantial suspension. We’ll just need to wait and see.

    • kojisakata - Mar 27, 2011 at 12:25 AM

      He is probably not cause Johnson ASKED FOR IT and would of got the crapped kick out of him by Haley -Idiot

  2. bigbear42 - Feb 12, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Im curious to see if any punishment will be doled out to Garth Snow for calling Haley up for that game. There is no way of knowing for sure what his intentions were, but it does seem mighty suspicious. I have no idea what type of player Haley is in the minors, but one can guess he has a reputation for these sort of things.

    • Jeff Thomas - Feb 12, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      I doubt it. Haley’s leading Bridgeport in goals so Snow will just say he’s earned a shot with the big club.

  3. bigbear42 - Feb 13, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Good to know Jeff, I had no idea what kind of player he was. Not sure why the site hasnt posted it yet but the league ruled Goddard 10 games(no surprise), Gillies 9 games(good, but I think 12 would have been better), Martin 4 games(good) and Islanders 100k fine(not stiff enough, coach should have suspended). Bylsma probably should have gotten a game. Not bad overall, but I think this would have been a great opportunity to set an example for the rest of the league that this nonsense wont be tolerated and ramped up the punishments a little bit.

  4. bigbear42 - Feb 13, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    One more thought: I wonder what this game would have been like if the Pens started Johnson against the Kings and Fleury against the Isles. Still probably would have been fight filled but who knows if it would have been as bad.

    • kojisakata - Mar 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM

      Yeah too bad Fleury wasn’t in net but then Haley would have been only in two fights cause pansy Fleury wouldn’t of challenged him only would hid behind his net. I noticed and loved how Fleury wasnt laughing this time around on the bench like he did when Rick D was one punch KO’D maybe watching Haley mopped the floor with every penguin humbled him

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