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Gillies, Martin suspended, Isles fined 100k
In the aftermath of Friday night's mayhem, the NHL came down hard on the Islanders.
After a lengthy in-person hearing process and waiting period that followed, the NHL announced a 9-game suspension for Trevor Gillies, 4 games for Matt Martin and a $100,000 fine for the Islanders in the melee that was their fight-filled 9-3 rout of the Pens at Nassau Coliseum.
For the Penguins, Eric Godard was slapped with a 10-game ban, an automatic suspension for jumping the bench while trying to intervene in a scrap with Micheal Haley and goaltender Brent Johnson.
Gillies earned the harshest penalty, a result of his vicious elbow on Eric Tangradi and the punches that followed; Tangradi is experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Martin will sit out four for his ambush of Max Talbot, whose blindside hit on Blake Comeau last week gave Comeau a concussion. Martin jumped Talbot from behind and tried to fight him despite Talbot's unwillingness to do so.
"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 in a statement issued by the NHL. "The message should be clear to all players: targeting the head of an opponent by whatever means will be dealt with by suspension."
Additionally, the league also levied a $100,000 fine to the Islanders.
"The Islanders also must bear some responsibility for their failure to control their players," Campbell added.