Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The brawl in Long Island

Just in time for the NHL's trip to England.

Apparently the Rangers' Al Montoya has quite the welt over his eye today from this tilt, and my guess is both teams are glad neither 'tender was injured in this silliness.

Why the suspended Chris Simon was allowed to play in this one, I haven't the foggiest.

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At 1:23 p.m., September 25, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Its a quirk in the rules that allows suspended players to play in the preseason. Its even more amazing that Simon decided to not only get involved in fisticuffs, but to engage them WITH Hollweg the person he tried to decapitate last spring
2)That all said, it was probably one of the more exciting interesting games you'll see in the preseason, and another of the many examples of how/why fighting not only needs to be continued, but encouraged!
3) The intensity/excitement was tangible, much like a 1970's match, and we could only hope that it would continue through out the year!

At 1:30 p.m., September 25, 2007, Blogger murph said...

I want a picture of Montoya's welt!

At 3:01 p.m., September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even more amazing is that Hollweg was up to his same old tricks. Some dogs don't learn. Guess third time was a charm and he finally couldn't hide behind Orr.

At 3:05 p.m., September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the NHL is going to continue to allow Hollweg to run guys from behind, this will be the end result. They have successfully cracked down on checking from behind in leagues below the NHL, but the NHL inexplicably continues to allow it. If they are going to call holding every time a guy puts his glove on someone's back, certainly they could call the backstabbing.

At 3:58 p.m., September 25, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Good point 'anonymous'. many forget it was Hollweg's hit from behind on Simon last year that caused the altercation.
2) Simon should have reacted like he did last night, with his fists, not his stick
3) Ironically Simon was the one who got hurt(concussion) last year, and Hollweg didn't even get whistled for anything.

At 4:12 p.m., September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Strudwick would've stayed away since Hollweg really needed a good spanking from (anybody). Simon was just starting to feed him breakfast, lunch and dinner but it ended at bacon. Damn.

At 7:24 p.m., September 25, 2007, Blogger mike said...

Criticizing Hollweg is the mark of a biased Islander fan. Simon is a criminal, and his two-handed baseball-style slash against Hollweg last spring resulted in a well-earned punishment. What is hilarious about Simon is that he's bigger (and allegedly tougher) than Hollweg, yet he somehow always seems to resort to massively illegal tactics to deal with the hard-hitting Hollweg. Be a man and fight. Don't run around after someone hitting them when they're defenseless.

Simon should not have been allowed to lace up the skates for this contest, and should have another 5-10 games tacked onto his suspension for his obvious lack of contrition and inability to play the game of hockey on a fair and legal level. Oh, and DiPietro deserves at least a game for his third man in fake tough guy act, along with his pummelling of a prone Al Montoya.

The Islanders are a pathetic organization from top to bottom, with coach Ted Nolan the only notable exception.

At 10:02 a.m., September 26, 2007, Blogger murph said...

Mike - that's exactly what Simon did last night, he stood up like a man and tried to fight Hollweg...until the Rangers decided to double team him and DP had to step in. So technically, DP was the fourth man in.

At 6:34 p.m., September 27, 2007, Blogger mike said...

Murph--Simon swung his stick at Hollweg's head. His stick hit him in the face and neck. Is that manly enough for you?

Simon's a thug. Hollweg plays dirty sometimes too, I'll grant that--but the hit he threw on Simon last year was not as bad as any of last year's concussion specials by Chris Neil or Cam Janssens. All the footage I saw on HockeyFights.com looked like Simon was still intent on hurting Hollweg, but never to his face--only when Ryan had his back turned to him. Simon's an indefensible schmuck of a player who you probably despised before he started wearing the Gorton's Fishsticks uniforms.

You are a typical Islander fan. Thoughtless and cruel, while simultaneously biased.


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