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

Also, a questionable but unpenalized hit by 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 Martin in the second period, sparking the first of two major brawls.

“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 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.”

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

Bylsma said he told players not to hop onto the ice. The rule 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.”

Gillies was given an elbowing major and was ejected in the third period after he charged Tangradi. The Penguins recalled forward Tim Wallace from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Saturday in advance of Sunday’s game.

New York’s Zenon Konopka also had a hearing Saturday 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 but avoided any further discipline.

Haley didn’t have a hearing and wasn’t hit with a suspension a day after he was called up from Bridgeport of the AHL to make his NHL season debut on Friday. 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.

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