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Mario Lemieux Releases Statement On Punishment Doled Out To Penguins And Islanders

Clearly disappointed in the limited level of punishment doled out by the NHL after Friday's remake of The Warriors masquerading as a hockey game between the Penguins and Islanders, Mario Lemieux released the following scorn-filled statement on Sunday:

“Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. But what happened Friday night on Long Island wasn’t hockey. It was a travesty. It was painful to watch the game I love turn into a sideshow like that.
 
“The NHL had a chance to send a clear and strong message that those kinds of actions are unacceptable and embarrassing to the sport. It failed.
 
“We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players.  We must make it clear that those kinds of actions will not be tolerated and will be met with meaningful disciplinary action.
 
“If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it.”

Typically, I'd add some analysis at this point, but I think the statement speaks for itself very well.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.