The New York Islanders are asking fans via their website to gather at Champions restaurant in Long Island on Friday night to watch the replay of the infamous game between the Penguins and Islanders on Feb. 11, when the teams combined for 342 penalty minutes in what many consider a black eye for the NHL.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero isn't amused by the idea.
"That's a game we've put behind us," Shero said. "We don't want to revisit it."
The Islanders won, 9-3, against a Penguins lineup that was littered with AHL players. Penguins left wing Eric Tangradi sustained a concussion that night, and a number of other ugly incidents compelled Penguins owner Mario Lemieux to bash the NHL in an angry statement less than 48 hours later.
Shero just shook his head and smiled when speaking of the Islanders' plan to glorify a night that the Penguins believe was more of an ambush than a game.
"The Islanders have a good, young hockey team," Shero said. "That's what we should talk about. Whatever they want to do off the ice ... If they want to revisit it, that's fine. That's not a game we want to revisit. We've put it behind us. We're not proud of it. It's time to move on."
The Penguins played the Islanders again in April. They play on Long Island Oct. 25, and two days later host the Islanders for the first time since Brent Johnson punched out Rick DiPietro in the fight that started the bad blood.
Check out the brawl-filled contest between the Pens-Isles last season.
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