UNIONDALE, N.Y. (KDKA/AP) — The Penguins took a beating – literally – in a 9-3 loss to the New York Islanders.
The Islanders got some payback after the Pens shut them out, 3-0, at the CONSOL Energy Center on Feb. 2.
This time around, Brent Johnson was in goal once again. During their last meeting, he fought Islanders’ goalie Rick DiPietro who suffered fractures in his face, keeping him off the ice since.
In the first period offensively, it was all Islanders. Travis Hamonic started it off with a goal at 8:51. Then at 12:52, Jesse Joensuu made it 2-0. The P.A. Parenteau made it 3-0 on the power play and Michael Grabner made it 4-0 with just 48 seconds left in the period.
The Islanders took a six-goal lead after tallies by John Tavares and Micheal Haley.
Kris Letang got the Penguins on the board with a power play goal at 6:08. Jordan Staal also scored on the power play about three minutes later.
But the Islanders ended up with a pair of goals from Matt Moulson to make it 8-2 by the end of the second.
Tyler Kennedy made it 8-3 with a wrister on the power play at 7:46 in the third. Grabner got his second goal of the night with a shorthanded breakaway.
This matchup was particularly violent with the game punctuated with fights.
The teams combined for 65 penalties that totaled 346 minutes and included 10 ejections. There were 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts in the game that set records for both teams for most combined penalty minutes and left few players around to finish it.
Things were so heated, that a fence between the two dressing rooms was shut during a hallway lockdown. NHL suspensions will likely be a result, too.