(AFP) – Feb 12, 2011
NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Penguins were involved in a minor bus crash on their way to an outdoor practice in Central Park.
The Penguins team were fully dressed in their hockey gear, but wearing street shoes, and were en route from Madison Square Garden arena to the outdoor rink when the bus collided with another vehicle.
The players then clambered out of the bus and hailed cabs to Central Park.
"It was quite a sight," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "I think the gentleman involved with the accident backed off a little bit when he saw a whole hockey team get out with sticks and gloves in their hands.
"If he had known anything about last night, maybe that's why he backed off."
The Penguins were involved in a fight-filled 9-3 loss Friday to the New York Islanders.
Later Saturday, the NHL announced suspensions and fines relating to the game, which featured 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections, 15 fighting major penalties and 20 game misconducts.
The NHL suspended Islanders forwards Trevor Gillies for nine games and Matt Martin for four and handed the club a $100,000 fine for actions in the contest.
On the Penguins side, only forward Eric Godard was punished, receiving an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to join the brawl.
Godard left the bench to fight New York's Michael Haley, who was engaged in a fight with Pittsburgh goaltender Brent Johnson.
The Islanders entered Friday's game upset because of a game against Pittsburgh earlier this month that included a fight between New York goalie Rick DiPietro and Johnson.
Johnson knocked DiPietro down with a punch, breaking several bones in his face.
The Penguins have lost three of their last four games and are playing minus captain Sidney Crosby and Russian star Evgeny Malkin who are both out with injuries.
The Penguins are to play the New York Rangers on Sunday.
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