More than eight months have passed since the infamous meeting between the Islanders and Penguins -- an ugly, 9-3 Islanders rout that featured a franchise record-setting 346 penalty minutes, 15 fighting majors and 10 ejections
For the most part, that game is in the past.
The two teams have met since then -- a civil 4-3 Penguins win in April -- and are now battling for points within the division. The Islanders have dropped two straight, while the injury-addled Penguins have rattled off three straight wins.
But the notorious February fightfest that resulted in two suspensions and a $100,00 fine for the Islanders is not too distant of a memory.
"I don't think it's gone, but it's early in the season, so the points are so important," said the Isles' PA Parenteau, one of the few players remaining on the bench in the third period of that game. "Last year we were pretty much out of it and this seasons there's definitely a different feel to it. We know we're a good team and we've lost the last two games. There's definitely still dome bad blood there, but they're in the same boat as us. We need points."
Matt Martin, who was slapped with a four-game suspension for his hit from behind on then-Penguins forward Max Talbot, doesn't believe the meeting should garner the hype.
"They're a divisional team, so there is always the chance the rivalry is renewed, but for us it's about getting two points. We lost the last two games in Florida and it's important we don't let that continue," Martin said. "We've made that an important point this season -- to not lose two games in a row -- so to lose three would be worse."