What's buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Watch Brenden Morrow ‘head-bang’ Casey Cizikas, Kris Letang cross-check linesman (Video)

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

Game 4 got away from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, as the New York Islanders scored three straight third-period goals to win 6-4 and even their series at 2-2.

That frustration manifested itself on a few occasions during the game, such as when Brenden Morrow decided to use the ice as a wrestling turnbuckle on Casey Cizikas’s head:

So basically: Morrow = Weber; Cizikas = Zetterberg; ice = glass.

Unless of course he was simply trying to pry his stick loose. That too.

Here’s how it looked from the cheap seats, via reader Nick Colletti

There was no penalty on the play.

Meanwhile, at the end of the game, things got tense and defenseman Kris Letang took his frustrations out on … a linesman.

The end of the game featured a scrum between the teams, including a fight between Travis Hamonic and Evgeni Malkin:

Part of that scrum featured Letang doing this is a linesman.


There was no penalty given to Letang for this incident.

Keep in mind this is the NHL’s rules on the matter:

40.1 Game Misconduct - Any player who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official, in any manner attempts to injure an official, physically demeans, or deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall receive a game misconduct penalty. In addition, the following (40.2, 40.3, 40.4) disciplinary penalties shall apply.

40.3 Automatic Suspension – Category II - Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding actions as set out in Category I), which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official,shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games.

Now, the NHL typically allows for heat of the moment incidents to pass without punishment. Please recall the Jannik Hansen cross-check on a referee during a Canucks vs. Sharks game this season. The officials didn’t list the incident on any game report; hence, the NHL didn’t act on it.

According to Elliotte Friedman: “There is no game misconduct for ‘abuse of officials’ listed on the scoresheet. That's usually the tell for any further penalty.

View Comments (178)
  • Ducks-Penguins Preview

    The Anaheim Ducks were making fools of the prognosticators during a horrible start after being a sexy pick to win the Stanley Cup following last season's deep playoff run. Anaheim seeks a seventh consecutive victory Monday night when it visits a … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 hours ago
  • Devils-Rangers Preview

    The New York Rangers value defenseman Ryan McDonagh's leadership just as much as his contributions on the ice, and losing him for any period of time would leave a major hole in the lineup. The 26-year-old captain is in danger of missing his first … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago
  • Okposo scores 3 as Isles rout Oilers 8-1

    Okposo scores 3 as Isles rout Oilers 8-1

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Kyle Okposo scored a hat trick after the Islanders opened a commanding early lead with three first-period goals as New York routed the last-place Edmonton Oilers 8-1 on Sunday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago
  • Habs top 'Canes on Andrighetto's SO goal

    Habs top 'Canes on Andrighetto's SO goal

    Ben Scrivens made big saves all weekend, helping the Montreal Canadiens to a weekend sweep. Scrivens finished with 34 saves and stopped all five Carolina players in the shootout, lifting the Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 hours ago
  • Andrighetto shootout goal lift Canadiens over Hurricanes 2-1 to sweep weekend

    Andrighetto shootout goal lift Canadiens over Hurricanes 2-1 to sweep weekend

    The Montreal Canadiens may have found themselves a goalie. For a second game in a row, the acrobatic Scrivens allowed only one goal as Montreal downed the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Sven Andrighetto's shootout tally on Sunday afternoon. Scrivens … More »

    The Canadian Press - 8 hours ago