by Tony on 02/16/11 at 09:38 PM ET
One of the main topics of discussion as a result of the Penguins/Islanders fiasco last Friday night was the fact that the Penguins lead the league in penalty minutes, major penalties and fighting majors, which they still do with 1113, 63 and 59 respectively.
I was really curious into the individual game circumstances that resulted in that league-leading number of fights by the Penguins, such as were the Pens winning at the time, prompting the opposition to try to give themselves a kickstart by dropping the gloves? Or vice versa?
So I went through each game of the Penguins’ season to date, here’s what I came up with:
Of the Penguins’ 59 fighting majors so far, here are the game circumstances as they occurred:
- 20 times in which the Penguins were winning.
- 18 times in which the Penguins were losing. NOTE: 7 of these occurred in Friday night’s Islanders game.
- 21 times in which the game was tied. NOTE: The vast majority of these were when the game was scoreless.
Also, I annotated the times when either the Penguins or the opposition received an extra penalty:
- 9 times the Penguin got an extra penalty
- 15 times the opposition got an extra penalty
So what does that say? Well, outside of the Islanders game, it shows that the Penguins were either winning or tied at the time of the majority of the fights, and not losing most of the time, which would have prompted the Penguins to be the aggressor.
It’s not a slam-dunk obvious outcome, but if one thing’s for sure when it comes to fighting in the NHL, it takes two to tango.
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