72 Penalty Minutes were assessed for the brawl at 19:43 of the third, including
19 for Rick DiPietro, including a game misconduct. DiPietro was given an
interference penalty and then with Matt Martin squared off with Matt Cooke,
DiPietro challenged Penguin netminder Brent Johnson; Johnson dropped DiPietro
with one punch.
It's the first time in his career that DiPietro has been assessed either a major
penalty or misconduct penalty. His 19 penalty minutes are the most by an
Islander goalie since at least 1988. He is the first Isles goalie to earn a
misconduct since Garth Snow (2-19-04 at Madison Square Garden) and the first to
earn a major penalty since Tommy Salo (4-4-98 vs. Rangers).
More Minutes for Z
Konopka ended up with 23 penalty minutes, giving him 45 against the Penguins
this season and a league leading 181. He is the first Islander to record at
least 23 penalty minutes in a game since Eric Cairns had 27 against the Rangers
on February 4, 2004 and the first forward to do so since Gino Odjick had 27
against Colorado on November 17, 1998. His 181 minutes are the 22nd highest
season total in Islander history, the most by any Islander since Cairns' 189 in
2003-04, and the most by an Islander forward since Mick Vukota had 237 in
1993-94. Konopka, who is second in the NHL with 17 fights, has had a fight in
each of the last three games with Pittsburgh.
The Isles drew 58 penalty minutes and the Penguins 46 for the game; 43 of the 72
minutes for the brawl were assessed to the Isles.
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