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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.
“Ten games is pretty long, especially when we’re in a tough spot right now with a lot of guys out of the lineup. Yes, I regret it, but no, I am going to try to defend my teammates. I am kind of torn with that.”
Martin and Islanders teammate Trevor Gillies, both among the ejected players, were scheduled to have in-person disciplinary hearings on Saturday at the team hotel in Buffalo. The Islanders will play the Sabres on Sunday.
Gillies was given an elbowing major and was ejected in the third period after he charged Eric Tangradi, leaving the Penguins forward with concussion-like symptoms that will keep him out of Sunday’s game, at least.
New York’s Zenon Konopka was also slated for a hearing because of his involvement after he came onto the ice during a legal line change and joined an ongoing altercation. He received a roughing penalty and a misconduct during the third-period brawl.
Haley, who was not scheduled for a hearing Saturday, was called up from Bridgeport of the AHL earlier Friday to make his NHL season debut in a game the Islanders expected to be physical. He had 144 penalty minutes in 50 games at Bridgeport this season.
“It was a pretty entertaining, emotional game. I was glad to be a part of it,” Haley said. “My job is to be ready when I get the call, come up and contribute any way I can.”
The Penguins knew what to expect from him.
“We knew what kind of player he was. He did basically what they brought him to do,” Dupuis said.
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