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Ring the bell? Penguins-Islanders home-and-home set has violent potential

Oct 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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The Islanders and Penguins always get along so well when they come together on the ice. Their last three meetings last season saw all hell break loose featuring such hits as Rick DiPietro getting knocked out by Brent Johnson in their February 3 game, a full-scale on-ice riot breaking out just over a week later that led to Pens owner Mario Lemieux shaming the league for not taking stronger action against the Isles, and an April 8 affair that saw the teams renew their hate one last time.

If you needed a full-scale visual reminder of how things happened last year, Kevin Schultz at Islanders Point Blank has you covered there.

While some of the parties involved in last season’s shenanigans are still around (Trevor Gillies, Blake Comeau, Brent Johnson) things don’t figure to get so hairy this time around. Then again, with the front end of a home-and-home series kicking off tonight on Long Island, you never can be too sure.

The Isles head into things mostly healthy but finding their way around still. Pittsburgh continues to be banged up and with Zbynek Michalek now out for 4-6 weeks with a broken finger, the tough-as-nails version of the Penguins is what the Isles will see. While the Isles don’t lack in toughness, they’ll need to deal with the Penguins’ aggressive style and not give them chances on the power play.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, would like to get through these games without another injury and, likely, without another sideshow developing at their expense. It’s not quite a powder keg situation, but old hate doesn’t take much to get reignited.

  1. cmutimmah - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Slow news day?

  2. spizzjr - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Id love to see another brawl he’ll injur dipetro again please no islander wants him between the pipes when we have nanny and monty

  3. jpelle82 - Oct 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    i’m pretty sure everyone will be on their best behavior. i wouldnt be surprised to see steve mcintire’s minutes to go up this game though

  4. bcisleman - Oct 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    The message of 2/11/11 was that the NYI were tired of other teams taking cheap shots at their guys. Case in point was the RDP-Johnson “fight”. Johnson instigated it after RDP knocked the cretan Cooke off his pins as he skated by. This, in turn, stemmed from an earlier game in which Cooke deliberately ran RDP not once, not twice, but three times.

    The NYI, riding a two game losing streak after a good start, need a win. They need to get some secondary scoring. The only way there will be a brawl is if the Penguins provoke one. If they do, the NYI will be ready.

    • blastfurnaceknows - Oct 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      The only thing the “NYI” need to “be ready” for is next year’s NHL draft.

    • stixzidinia - Oct 25, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      @bcisleman

      Revisionist history much? LOL.

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