Brendan Lemieux and Johnny Boychuk Fight


The New York Islanders overtook the New York Rangers in a  2-1 victory during exhibition play which was highlighted with a fight between Johnny Boychuk and Brendan Lemieux.

The first period was sloppy all around, marked by some early Rangers penalties. The Rangers had the balance of play and shots, but it was a messy period for both sides. As one would expect.

The second period was controlled play and the lone goal came from Anthony Beauvillier midway through against Rangers starter Igor Shesterkin.

The third was much the same, though Devon Toews gave the Islanders an insurance goal when he jumped ahead to take an airborne pass from Derick Brassard, drawing Henrik Lundqvist out and placing it inside the far post.

That insurance goal proved important, as the Rangers got one back a minute later, giving themselves three minutes to try to tie.

The Islanders took no risks for empty-net chances, but instead burned the clock. A couple of icings didn’t hurt, the Islanders handled the ensuing faceoffs.

Lemieux will be suspended for the first two games against the Hurricanes, but I'm sure his absent won't be too heavily felt. On the other side of the coin Dougie Hamilton will be returning to play for the canes.

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