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Islanders’ Hamonic suspended one game for instigating fight

Mar 1, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT

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The National Hockey League has suspended New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic for one game without pay for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of a game.

The incident occurred late in the third period of Saturday’s game between the Islanders and New Jersey Devils. Hamonic was assessed a fighting major, instigator penalty, a misconduct and game misconduct after he went after Devils’ left-winger Ryan Carter.

Earlier in the period, Hamonic fought Devils forward Steve Bernier. The Islanders lost the game by a final score of 6-1.

According to a statement released by the NHL on Saturday evening, Hamonic will forfeit $19,780.22 in salary. Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has also been fined $10,000.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    That was a really stupid play. Reasonable penalty. IMHO

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      I believe the game is automatic.

  2. imgoingtowichita - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    I didn’t see a punch. Not sure how they gave him 5 for fighting + 2 + 10 AND a game. This is one instance that the league should check the footage and remove the fighting major.
    Should be a learning experience for a bright young defenseman that will be expected to lead the young blue line as early as next season.

    • bsaures - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      You obviously did not watch the play Hamonic jumps the guy as he is trying to change and punches him several times why the guy is defenseless.

      • flyerspsu - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        both of you are wrong

  3. muckleflugga - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    the ever flexible instigating a fight in the final five minutes rule …

    determined on a sliding scale incorporating offending player’s marquee value or need for bankrupt team to be advanced in playoffs or status of owner’s association in nhl old boy network

    more nhl

    farce

  4. bcisleman - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Didn’t see the game. Guessing that the team was frustrated by its poor showing. Wouldn’t be surprised if Hammer was provoked in some way. Although he is a very physical player, fighting is not usually his M. O.

  5. jr507 - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    Isles have some talent, weak D, terrible coaching.

    Devils have old talent, weak GK, decent coaching.

    Devils show. Isles fold. Bernier and Carter try to act tough. Hammer beats on both skirts. But Devs get two points. Isles are one game closer to golf.

    Not much else to say. Awful year. Fire Cappy.

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