Musings from the aftermath
With a night to digest all the crazy events that transpired during last night's circus-like atmosphere, here are some initial thoughts/observations:
--Did that really happen? Only way to describe that was utter and complete mayhem.
--Erik Godard will receive an automatic suspension for jumping the bench, no doubt, but it will be the Islanders that pay the price for this one. I expect Matt Martin and Micheal Haley to be slapped with significant suspensions at the very least. Trevor Gillies screaming at an injured Eric Tangradi will likely land him in hot water and I wouldn't even be shocked to see John Tavares disciplined for his slash on Kris Letang.
--Can anyone imagine what would've happened had Matt Cooke been playing last night? Hopefully the irony of him watching from the press box was not lost.
--How many goalies around the league have been in two fights in nine days? If I were Brent Johnson I'd bask in my one-punch victory and never fight again.
-- In what game where ten players are given game misconducts is Zenon Konopka not one of the recipients?
--What must Al Montoya be thinking? The last time he was at Nassau Coliseum, he went down in Youtube infamy for his fight with Rick DIPietro. Then on his first day back....this?
--Speaking of DiPietro, too many people have misinterpreted last night's melee as vengeance for him. The outcome of DiPietro's scrap with Johnson was unfortunate, but the fight was fair. The Islanders were way more incensed about Max Talbot's blindside hit that concussed Blake Comeau. And on several occasions throughout the past week, the team has griped about teams/players taking runs at star John Tavares. Those feelings, compounded with a season's worth of frustration, caused the eruption last night.
--Who would've thought that the bloodbath in Boston Wednesday night with the Habs and Bruins could have paled in comparison to this? Last night's over-the-top, downright-silly display made that game look like a suburban playdate.
--Regarding any accusations of premeditation, it's convenient for the Islanders that Micheal Haley is also leading Bridgeport in goals (12) as well as penalty minutes (144), But, the fact that the leading goal-scorer for their minor-league affiiliate has only 12 goals should tell you something.
--God help the guy that should ever make the mistake of hitting on Micheal Haley's fiancee.
--Yes, that is actually how you spell Haley's first name.
--With suspensions imminent and the Islanders and Sound Tigers squads already depleted, who will come up for tomorrow's matinee against Buffalo?
--League disciplinarian Colin Campbell may as well make his reservations now at the Uniondale Marriott for April 8. That's the second-to-last game of the season and the first time these two teams meet again.
--Even if Sidney Crosby is healthy and able to play then, I'd be shocked to see the Penguins dress him for that one.