- Associated Press - Saturday, February 12, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ rough weekend in New York got a little bumpier when the team bus hit a car while heading to an outdoor practice.

In the morning hours Saturday following a fight-filled, 9-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday night, the Penguins dressed in their full gear _ minus skates _ at Madison Square Garden, where they will play the Rangers on Sunday.

They hopped a bus for the short trip to Central Park, but were derailed by the minor accident. The players left the bus and hailed cabs to take them to the makeshift practice.

“It was quite a sight,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “I think the gentleman involved with the accident backed off a little bit when he saw a whole hockey team get out with sticks and gloves in their hands. If he had known anything about last night, maybe that’s why he backed off.”

The NHL was expected to announce any suspensions to the Penguins and Islanders later Saturday. The game produced 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections, 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts.

The Islanders came into the game angry because of the previous meeting between the teams nine days earlier that featured a fight between New York goalie Rick DiPietro and Pittsburgh counterpart Brent Johnson. DiPietro broke bones in his face when Johnson hit him with one punch.

Also, a questionable but unpenalized hit by Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot against Blake Comeau, that has left the Islanders forward out of action since, made Talbot a target in the rematch. He was jumped and punched by Matt Martin in the second period, sparking the first of two major brawls in Saturday’s game.

“Obviously, you never expect to get grabbed by the guy and get punched like that,” Talbot said. “I don’t think I’m a guy that would stand down if someone comes to my face and asks me.”

Talbot also took on Micheal Haley in the third period in the second part of fight night.

The teams will conclude the six-game season series on Long Island on April 8. The Penguins could be the angry bunch then.

“We don’t like them and they don’t like us,” Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis said. “It shows on the ice. But we have plenty of hockey between here and that game. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

One player who certainly is facing at least a 10-game suspension is Penguins enforcer Eric Godard, who left the bench in the third period to come to Johnson’s defense.

Johnson was rushed by Haley, who skated down the ice to challenge the goalie to a fight. Godard joined the fray and will now face the consequences.

Bylsma said he told players not to hop onto the ice. Rule 70.10 stipulates that the first player to leave the bench during a fight or to start one shall be suspended automatically for 10 games.

“I am aware of the rule, but at that moment you’re not thinking about what the things are,” Godard said. “I just saw him skating toward Johnny and I just kind of went.

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