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Discipline for Pens, Isles not expected until Saturday night

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TSN.ca Staff
2/12/2011 11:01:50 PM
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Any supplementary discipline resulting from Friday's fight-filled game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders will likely not be levied until late Saturday night.

The NHL is taking time today to break down the tape of Friday night's 9-3 win by the Islanders, which featured several fights and over 300 minutes in penalties.

Islanders forwards Matt Martin, Trevor Gillies and Zenon Konopka had an in-person meeting with the NHL this afternoon at the team's hotel in Buffalo to discuss their roles in the contest. The Islanders take the ice against the Sabres Sunday afternoon.

In-person hearings allow for suspensions of six or more games, but no suspension also remains a possibility.

Konopka could be facing a potential violation of rule 70.2, which involves coming onto ice on a legal change for purposes of starting an altercation.

Penguins' Eric Godard will receive an automatic 10-game suspension for coming off bench to fight, when he rushed to the defence of goaltender Brent Johnson. Godard's actions carry a team fine, but not an automatic suspension for Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.

The fight-filled game took place nine days after Johnson knocked out Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, causing broken bones in his face during a 3-0 Penguins victory.

Hamonic and Rupp fight (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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