Q&A with Islanders forward Matt Martin
Q: You became something of a villain in Pittsburgh after the infamous brawl on Long Island two years ago. Does some hostility between these teams still remain?
A: Well, I'm sure some does. I like to think most of it is water under the bridge at this point, and nothing terrible happened between these two teams last season. It's still a divisional game and still a rivalry. ... Things happen in hockey. It's not that big of a deal now.
Q: Do you still find yourself thinking about the brawl even though it's been two years?
A: Yeah, I do. It was a crazy game. It's an emotional game, and sometimes things get out of control. I've never been part of anything like that game. That was out of control. You always have to be prepared for stuff like that.
Q: With so many division games on this schedule, things figure to stay pretty intense?
A: Absolutely. And I really like the way the schedule is set up right now. I mean, these are the games that are easiest to get up for. When you see Pittsburgh, Philly, the Rangers and Devils on your schedule, you can't help but get up for those games. If you sleepwalk in these games, you're in all kinds of trouble. ... I think it's fun for the fans, and I know it's fun for us.