NHL Fines Islanders, Suspends Godard, Gillies & Martin

NEW YORK (KDKA/AP) — Officials with the NHL have handed down their punishments following Friday night’s fight-filled hockey game between the Penguins and New York Islanders.

The game at Nassau Coliseum produced 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections, 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts.

On the Penguins side of things, only Eric Godard is facing discipline from the league. The enforcer received an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during one of the many brawls during the third period.

Godard’s was the easiest sentence to hand out as the penalty for his actions is explicitly stated in the league rule book (Rule 70.11).

Although he appeared to be coming to the defense of backup goalie Brent Johnson, who was charged by New York’s Micheal Haley for a fight, that didn’t alter the punishment.

In a statement, Campbell said: “There can be no circumstance that allows for a player to leave his bench for the purpose of coming to the aid of a teammate.”

As for the Islanders, two of their players have been suspended and the club is also facing a hefty, $100,000 fine for their actions.

The NHL has suspended Isles forward Trevor Gillies for nine games. He delivered a blow to the head of Eric Tangradi, and afterward punched the injured Penguins forward several times as he fell to the ice.

Tangradi was left with concussion-like symptoms from the incident and it will keep him out for at least Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers.

Also, forward Matt Martin is facing a four-game ban from the league. The Islander punched an unsuspecting Max Talbot from behind, sparking a melee in the second period.

“The actions by the Islanders’ Gillies and Martin were deliberate attempts to injure by delivering blows to the head of players who were unsuspecting and unable to defend themselves,” Campbell said after conducting hearings in Buffalo. “The message should be clear to all players: targeting the head of an opponent by whatever means will be dealt with by suspension.”

The low-budget Islanders were hit hard financially by Campbell, who said the team “must bear some responsibility for their failure to control their players.”

Gillies will lose $24,193 in salary, Martin will be docked $41,585, and Godard will give up $40,322.

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  • James Gallagher

    Haley will be dealt with by Goddard on April 8,but Im sure both teams will be forewarned when that game happens

  • bob

    I used to watch the nhl and lost interest when cement headed goons from Canada used their fists to intimidate players who could actually skate and had skills. This brawl is a testament that I made the correct choice years ago. The league, much like the NFL talks a good game when it comes to protecting players from head injurries and then scenes like this occur. Haley should have been gone for minimum of ten games for going after the Pens goalie. Two goalies squared off and one clocked the other. Why does that mean a goon goes after a goalie???

    • jason

      you’re entire comment is pretty well bang on; however, as a resident of Canada, you’re idea that cement heads come from Canada is both ignorant and incorrect; they come from the great USA as well!

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