NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL suspended New York Islanders forwards Trevor Gillies for nine games and Matt Martin for four and handed the club a $100,000 fine late Saturday night for their actions in a fight-filled win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Only enforcer Eric Godard was punished on the Penguins side by the league as he received an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench Friday night to join the third-period brawl.

Gillies’ ban was for delivering a blow to the head of Penguins forward Eric Tangradi and punching him several times, leaving him with concussion-like symptoms that will keep him out for at least Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers.

Martin was suspended for punching unsuspecting Penguins forward Max Talbot from behind.

“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,” league disciplinarian Colin Campbell said after conducting hearings in Buffalo. “The message should be clear to all players: targeting the head of an opponent by whatever means will be dealt with by suspension.”

The low-budget Islanders were hit hard financially by Campbell, who said the team “must bear some responsibility for their failure to control their players.”

Godard’s was the easiest sentence to hand out as the penalty for his actions is explicitly stated in the league rule book (Rule 70.11). Although he appeared to be coming to the defense of goalie Brent Johnson, who was charged by New York’s Micheal Haley for a fight, that didn’t alter the punishment.

“There can be no circumstance that allows for a player to leave his bench for the purpose of coming to the aid of a teammate,” Campbell said in a statement.

Gillies will lose $24,193 in salary, Martin will be docked $41,585, and Godard will give up $40,322.

Comments (5)
  1. Jay says:

    The way the fines and suspensions were handed out, it shows just one thing, the league is wrong. I dislike both teams and not saying anything out of biasness. Godard not only left the bench, but he was the third man in on a play when Pens goalie wrongfully skating to the blueline and already dropped his gloves BEFORE Isles’ Haley got to him. Not penalizing through fine or suspension was the cheap Orpik had. To say that the Isles wanted this to happen with a SIX GOAL LEAD is about as stupid as something can get. Crosby’s ongoing concussion is like Karma.

  2. Loud zone Lou says:


  3. Bruce Calkin says:

    Fight face to face. Cowards sucker punch. I am sad to say the Islanders at least beat them. My boys can`t get anything done lately.

  4. BleacherCreature26 says:

    i’m a ranger fan, and i remember last year our goal scorer marian gaborik was punched in the face 4 times by dan carcillo who is a fighter for the flyers. the next time we played the flyers, our fighters took care of business like they needed to. however, this is different. i know your mad that dipietro got hurt, but he wanted to fight! gaborik, on the other hand, wanted no part of his incident so there needed to be a response.

  5. Lou Ann Buckenheimer says:

    Gillies deserved to be suspended at least 20-25 games for his unsportsmanlike behavior with the stipulation that he petition to be reinstated. The Islanders were way out of line in encouraging their goons to behave like this. If DePietro hadn’t started the mess in the last game, the need for revenge wouldn’t have been necessary by the called up thugs.

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