There have been plenty of goals scored between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins through two periods on Friday. Some emotion, too, between the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division.
Through 40 minutes, Islanders’ forward Matt Martin was an assist short of the Gordie Howe hat trick, after he scored in the first period and fought Robert Bortuzzo in the second. The scrap occurred seconds after Martin caught Pittsburgh’s star Sidney Crosby with a hit that appeared perfectly clean along the side boards. Bortuzzo took exception and challenged Martin to a fight.
Now, as the two come together away from the boards, it almost appeared that Bortuzzo attempted a headbutt on Martin (at :24 of the video). Both players were assessed major penalties for fighting, and there were no other penalties handed out.
When it comes to premier centers in the NHL the two names you’ll hear come up the most are Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. Crosby is the dynamic scorer and set-up man and Toews provides his own offensive punch and has Selke Trophy defensive skills to go along with it.
So if you were starting a team, who would you want to be your choice? That was a question raised by ESPN Insider’s Craig Custance (subscription) to a group of NHL executives, coaches and players and their top pick was Toews.