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Video: Islanders’ Martin knocks out Devils’ Kostopoulos

Apr 2, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

New York Islanders forward Matt Martin and New Jersey Devils forward Tom Kostopoulos came together in a short, one-sided fight Monday evening.

Martin dropped Kostopoulos to the ice with a hard right punch, then motioned to the benches for the training staff as he realized the immediate condition Kostopoulos was in.


  1. dropthepuckeh - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Class act from Martin. Two willing fighters but his concern for the other guy’s health was awesome. Two wins.

    • 19to77 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      Good guts from Kostopoulos too, sticking up for Gionta against a stronger opponent.

  2. bcisleman - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Kostopoulos’ team was struggling. He wanted to provide a spark. This happens hundreds of times a year. Only thing unusual was the knockout punch & MattyMarts’ response. MattyMarts is an Ontario lad so expect Grapes to gush.

  3. buffalo65 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Ahhh, wouldn’t it be wonderful if all sports included 2 guys beating each other up then showing concern after. How wonderful.

  4. adirondack77 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    This guy Martin plays with heart and is a class act all around.

  5. drwang13 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Good to see some class at the end of a good fight

  6. modellforprez - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Got Day-um. tom kantstopaPunch you knew ogre was gonna put you to sleep.

  7. jjregan21 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Well, that was the exact opposite of Zac Rinaldo and BJ Crombeen.

  8. boltsfan777 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Yeah, Rinaldo kept beating him into the ice after the KO, and then Crombeen was viewed as a worthless chump afterward in this forum.

  9. 950003cups - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    That whole night was a disaster. But players concerned for injuring guys they bit is nothing new. I remember Lawrence Taylor jumping up and down waiving for the Red Skins team trainers when he snapped Joe Theismann’s leg and the bone popped clean through his pants

  10. 950003cups - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Hit NOT bit

  11. jobotjones - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    This seems like a defense for fighting in the NHL more than a negative.
    It shows that two guys can have a disagreement and still show good sportsmanship.
    One guy sticking up for a teammate and the other helping a guy immediately after knocking him out.

    There is no fighting allowed in the nfl and those scumbags do nothing but run their mouths and show off.

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