October 30, 2010
Last season, we witnessed Cam Janssen(notes) and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond(notes) engage in a fight that lasted over two and a half minutes and won them HockeyFights.com's 2009-10 "Fight of the Year".
In Philadelphia tonight, Zenon Konopka(notes) tried to jumpstart his New York Islanders teammates by scrapping with Dan Carcillo(notes). The fight wasn't epic in length like Janssen-PL3 was, but Carcillo-Konopka went a healthy minute and a half and a sign of things to come later.
Wasn't that refreshing? A fight that wasn't a hugfest and featured a few bombs.
Midway through the third period, Konopka and Carcillo dropped the gloves again, but this time the Islanders forward ended up getting the bigger punishment with two for roughing, five for fighting and a misconduct
Temperatures would increase just three minutes later when Trent Hunter(notes) boarded Andrej Meszaros(notes). Hunter would receive five minutes and a game misconduct. Meszaros would leave with an "upper-body injury" and not return to the game as the Flyers won in a rout 6-1..
Adding to the wild third period, Islanders forward Trevor Gillies(notes) received a triple minor for roughing and a game misconduct. Rick DiPietro(notes) tried his hardest to get involved in a few scrums, including shaking like he wanted to drop his blocker and glove and going after Carcillo with under a minute remaining to play. There were two 10-minute misconducts and two game misconducts handed out in the final frame, including one to Daniel Briere for a cross-check to the face of Frans Nielsen(notes) that might end up getting him a suspension.
The box score, as you'd guess, was a mess:
By the end of the game Scott Gordon had plenty of space on the Islanders bench to bring back his famous split from the "Beanpot Trot".
These two teams will meet again next Saturday on Long Island where no love will likely be lost.