1. February 11th, 2011 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
183 penalty minutes, 13 minors, 9 majors, 5 game misconduct
This one started nine days before on February 2nd, 2011.
In that game, Penguins forward Max Talbot caught Blake Comeau with this hit. A hit that would sideline Comeau with a concussion for a few days. Then, after Matt Cooke took a run at Rick DiPietro, the Islanders goalie decided to drop the gloves with Penguins backup Brent Johnsson.
Johnsson would land one punch on DiPietro. That one punch fractured DiPietro’s face. Sidelining him for a few weeks.
The Islanders would have their payback.
Within ten minutes into the first period, the Islanders were already up 1-0 and had already started a fight with Michael Haley flooring Craig Adams. By the end of the first period, the Islanders were up 4-0 on the Penguins.
The Islanders weren’t done with the Penguins just yet.
Five-and-a-half minutes into the second period and a brawl erupted after Matt Martin went after Max Talbot. Seven penalties were handed out for a total of 44 minutes for both teams. The Islanders got 27 minutes with Josh Bailey taking a five and a game misconduct. Josh Bailey!
Things were far from over.
In the third period, things just got downright ridiculous. The Islanders were already up 8-3, but they felt the message had yet to be received by the Penguins.
I won’t go through each and every altercation, cause there were many, but suffice to say that in the third period alone 133 penalty minutes were handed out. The Islanders got 69 of those minutes.
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In total, the Islanders picked up 183 minutes in penalties in this game alone. That ranks as the eleventh most penalty minutes for a single team in a single team, ever. The combined 346 penalty minutes ranks as the sixth most penalized game in NHL history.
Most penalized players:
Islanders: Michael Haley 39 minutes
Penguins: Eric Godard 31 minutes