So a funny thing happened on Long Island last night. When a brawl (OK 3 or 4) broke out at a hockey game-an on-ice rivalry was revived. In this uber-connected world, the fans now can do more than root from afar.
So while AHL call up Michael Hayley (Trevor Gillies called him cousin Mike in for a visit) was busy hitting and punching everyone (and remember he scored a pretty goal on a near end to end rush) there was also lots of this:
And a bunch of this:
Over on Twitter, Islanders’ fans backed their team standing up, while Pens fans invoked the Todd Bertuzzi blindside on Steve Moore, and were calling the game a disgrace. The beauty of instant analysis I suppose.
I can tell you; since I was at the game (and I am an Islanders fan) it was a lot of fun. Someone I was with called it a once in a lifetime game.
It could be once in a lifetime until April 8 when the two sides meet again. No doubt cousin Mike will have some company on the bench-and the Pens will be loaded for a battle.
No doubt this will be high on the payback list:
And the fans will be in the house and watching TV-ready to chirp and share as much as the players.
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