Friday Night Fight Night at Nassau Coliseum between the Islanders and Penguins is going to cost the players a big chunk of change along with some hefty suspensions.
The Islanders organization got slapped with $100,000 in fines in a game that had a total of 65 penalties assessed for 346 minutes, with New York responsible for 34 infractions and 183 PIM.
The NHL dropped a 9-game suspension on Trevor Gillies, and a 4-game suspension for Matt Martin. Gillies will lose $24,193.53 in salary, while Martin will be docked $41,585.36.
Penguins' enforcer Eric Godard drew an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench, and will lose $40,322.25 in salary.
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.