Tag: Marty Reasoner


NHL: No hearing for Isles’ Reasoner after kneeing Jokinen


New York Islanders forward Marty Reasoner won’t face any supplemental discipline after kneeing Pittsburgh’s Jussi Jokinen during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, an NHL spokesman confirmed.

Reasoner was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for this hit with 2:10 remaining and the score 5-0 in favor of the Penguins:

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Replays suggest this may have been more of a trip than a knee, with Reasoner making the majority of contact with Jokinen’s skate and shin.

Jokinen left the contest and didn’t return, but was back on the ice for Thursday’s practice.

Video: Marty Reasoner gets ejected for hit on Jussi Jokinen


The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-0 Game 1 win against the New York Islanders ended with some controversy on Wednesday, as Isles forward Marty Reasoner was ejected for this leg-to-leg hit on Penguins scorer Jussi Jokinen:

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That caused quite the parade to the penalty box.

Reasoner received a game misconduct and five-minute major for kneeing. Among the other players who received game misconducts for the ensuing scrum: Islanders Matt Moulson and Casey Cizikas along with Penguins Douglas Murray, Pascal Dupuis and Jarome Iginla.

Reasoner, 36, doesn’t really have a lengthy history of questionable hits, but he might get a call from the league nonetheless.

Jokinen, 30, looked shaken up by that hit, but if you’re looking for clarity, you might have to wait. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma didn’t seem interested in giving injury updates regarding Jokinen or James Neal after the game.

Discuss: Penguins dominate Islanders 5-0


More than a few people thought that the high-scoring, red-hot New York Islanders might just pose a threat to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first-round matchups. That gut instinct didn’t look too great after Game 1, which the Penguins won 5-0.

Let’s talk this one up.

  • Marty Reasoner delivered a questionable leg-to-leg hit on Jussi Jokinen (which we’ll feature in video soon enough). Is that suspension-material?
  • Can Evgeni Nabokov bounce back from a notably rough night?
  • Should the Penguins be that much more diligent with Sidney Crosby or merely let him return as soon as the doctors will allow it?
  • Is this a matter of “first game jitters” or an off night or are the Isles in big trouble?
  • Getting more specific, can John Tavares boost the Islanders enough to make this series competitive or will Pittsburgh continue to neutralize the Hart Trophy candidate?
  • Could this win just be evidence that the Penguins are the juggernaut that they looked like despite injuries and lineup changes throughout this season?
  • Marc-Andre Fleury gained his sixth career playoff shutout. Do you expect him to have a strong postseason after struggling mightily at times the last few postseasons?
  • Which East team poses the biggest threat to Pittsburgh? Could it be the Boston Bruins or someone else?
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Josh Bailey back skating with Islanders

Josh Bailey

Good news, Islanders fans. Not only is your team tied atop the Atlantic Division but Josh Bailey is getting closer to returning.

The team shared news that Bailey joined the team during today’s practice and he worked on the fourth line. Bailey was injured while playing in Germany during the lockout and that caused the team to suspend him.

The issue for Bailey now is he’ll have a battle on his hands to get back into the lineup. Keith Aucoin has taken advantage of opportunity to lock up a spot on the third line while Marty Reasoner centers the fourth line. Having a little competition to earn a starting spot is never usually a bad thing.

Bailey had 13 goals and 32 points last season for the Isles in 80 games.

Winnipeg’s Enstrom signs with Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg

tobias enstrom

EC Red Bull Salzburg — one of the major players in the Austrian Hockey League — added some star power on Monday by agreeing to a lockout deal with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom.

According to the team website, Salzburg has signed Entrstrom to a contract that runs through the Austrian league season with an NHL exit clause.

(In case, you know, the lockout ever ends.)

“We’re trying to bring good international players with passion and dreams to Salzburg,” head coach Pierre Page told Redbull.com. “Tobias is a prime example.”

Page isn’t kidding about bringing in international players.

The club already has a slew of ex-NHLers on the roster — Alex Auld, Rob Davison, Ross Lupaschuk, Steve Regier, Justin DiBenedetto — and were equally aggressive during the last work stoppage, signing Marty Reasoner, Eric Chouinard and Jay Pandolfo for the 2004-05 campaign.

Salzburg has been a dominant force in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga as of late, winning four league titles since 2007.

As for Enstrom….

The 27-year old Swedish blueliner — who struck it rich in July, agreeing to a five-year, $28.75 million extension — becomes the fifth Jet to head overseas during the lockout.

He joins Nik Antropov, Evander Kane, Alexei Ponikarovsky (all KHL) and Ondrej Pavelec, who’s currently playing for Liberec of the Czech Extraliga.