New York Islanders’ Pugilism a Disgrace To the NHL

February 12th, 2011 by Shawn Malenich Leave a reply »
Many Islanders fans have been clamoring for new ownership and management. If you didn't know better you'd swear they'd gotten their wish and a new owner in Vince McMahon. Like the WWE, It was a parade of cartoon violence played to a crowd of enraged misguided idiots taking pride in a win that doesn't actually matter.

On February 11 the New York Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 9-3 at the Nassau Coliseum. In almost any case, a 9-3 victory speaks for itself. But in this game the score was little more than a footnote. SlapShot style violence dominated the game, minus the saving humor.

A week prior, the Islanders were embarrassed in a 3-0 shutout at the hands of the Penguins and goalie Brent Johnson. Also embarrassed at the hands of Brent Johnson was Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, who instigated a fight with Johnson and ended up with multiple facial fractures for his effort from a single left cross.

The Islanders were out for revenge, and in the eyes of the players and the fans they appear to believe they've gotten it. The Islanders TV announcers hailed this game as some sort of important statement and a turning point for the organization. ...

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