Simon's match penalty leads to Island...

Simon's match penalty leads to Islanders loss

There are 67 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 16, 2007, titled Simon's match penalty leads to Islanders loss. In it, Newsday reports that:

This time there is no credible excuse for an incredibly foolish play by Chris Simon.

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Pens fan in Boston

Chelmsford, MA

#1 Dec 16, 2007
Does everybody on the island whine as much as you, Greg?
Wicked Haahhd

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Dec 16, 2007
Does everybody in Boston realize they play second fiddle to a real city like New York?? Just keep trying wicked hahd catch up
LecavalierIsBett er

Asbury Park, NJ

#3 Dec 16, 2007
I know Crosby is an incredible player, but man is he a brat. If you're going to cross-check and slash behind the play, you should learn to deal with the consequences. Don't dish it out unless you can take it.
kallur

Andes, NY

#4 Dec 16, 2007
Simon should never have returned to thte Isles. Shows you how desperate and clueles they are: Recchi, no; Simon, yes. (As with Guerin, they got Simon about 10 years too late.)
Five for Fighting

Port Washington, NY

#5 Dec 16, 2007
LecavalierIsBetter wrote:
I know Crosby is an incredible player, but man is he a brat. If you're going to cross-check and slash behind the play, you should learn to deal with the consequences. Don't dish it out unless you can take it.
True enough, and he'll get what's due, but that is no excuse for Simon's lame outburst.
Dan the Fan

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Dec 16, 2007
Simon is an Ass and should be kicked out of the NHL.
Crosby is a whiny baby and needs to be called evenly. I have watched a lot of Pens' games this year (against teams other than the Isles) and he always seems to get favorable calls - with weak penalties called when anyone touches him and no penalties called when he trips/hooks/roughs/interferes/ etc. And make no mistake - he does these things as much as anyone. If he's a real star, he should be able to excel without special treatment from the officials.
But the real blame for losing this game goes to Simon. Absolutely no excuse for what he did. I didn't like him when he was on other teams, and I like him even less now that he's polluting the Islanders' bench.

On another note: Kudos to DirecTV for FINALLY carrying FSN-NY coverage in HD!!!
Rob

Donora, PA

#7 Dec 16, 2007
So... if Witt had hit Crosby exactly the way that Hollweg hit Simon last year would that have been a penalty or not?
Crosby knows that he got preferential treatment last night and the comments from him are pathetic.

On the other hand, I was willing to give Simon the benefit of the doubt last year but what he did (or tried to do) last night was too much. He guy needs to go even if he is a buddy of Nolan's.
Illinois Islander Boy

Naperville, IL

#8 Dec 16, 2007
Chris Simon should be releasaed. There is no place for him in a class organization. There should be zero tolerance in the NHL for criminal behavior. A good old fashioned glove dropping scrap is one thing. Using your skate blade to injure is something quite different.What's next on Chris' agenda, waterboarding his opponents between periods? It's time for the Isles to " Re- Goon ".
ImaTedNolanKinda Guy

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Dec 16, 2007
I just want to make a point, simon is a goon just like sean avery is a goon, except instead of making fun of people with cancer simon hurts people. Somtimes words can be more harmful then a baseball swing to the face lol. So say what you want about chris simon but the guy comes to play every night and he has super human retard strength. If you remedy his poor decsions then you have a slightly effective physical presence on the ice. When simon is on the ice you think twice about doing somthing stupid.
Mike from LI

AOL

#10 Dec 16, 2007
As much as I like Chris Simon as a person, as a player, he MUST go!! The NHL is losing fans by the boatload and this is a BIG reason. Another reason is the inconsistancy of the officiating. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Islander fan. But I also want to see a good, evenly matched hockey game. The cap is a good thing. But the ref's need to start calling games fairly. Simon should have recieved a game misconduct and a match penalty. Crosby should have been given 2 also. Wake up Bettman. Hockey is a great sport, but it needs to be nurtured. JMHO
coldforce

Raritan, NJ

#11 Dec 16, 2007
Yes folks, Simon did something stupid again, but for some reason it released the energy of some Isles players and even created a chance during this Pk, which league-wide reject Sillinger could not convert. What was the team doing other 55 minutes?
James Hansen

Hartsdale, NY

#12 Dec 16, 2007
Crosby needs to go back to the minors and come back when he's all grown up. Crosby your a bitch
tednolandkindaid iot

Cortlandt Manor, NY

#14 Dec 16, 2007
ImaTedNolanKindaGuy wrote:
I just want to make a point, simon is a goon just like sean avery is a goon, except instead of making fun of people with cancer simon hurts people. Somtimes words can be more harmful then a baseball swing to the face lol. So say what you want about chris simon but the guy comes to play every night and he has super human retard strength. If you remedy his poor decsions then you have a slightly effective physical presence on the ice. When simon is on the ice you think twice about doing somthing stupid.
hey congrats, you win the idiot post of the year. you dolt, avery didn't say those things: maybe you should process that considering even Blake said it never happened, and Berger retracted the statements. and Simon is horrible, who are you Ted Nolan? Stop defending a guy who has no use. He's not a pest like Sean Avery, he's not a goon like a Georges Laraque...Simon picks his fights, how is he a goon if he picks who he wants to try and defeat? A goon takes on all comers you fool. Go back to bed you idiot before you comment again.
tednolandkindaid iot

Cortlandt Manor, NY

#15 Dec 16, 2007
and you need alot of medicine to remedy all his poor decisions. you can't even count all his suspensions on one hand, soon two won't be enough.
drink that kool-aid a bit more though, because he has that scary physical ability! oooooooooooooo, scary!
John Keitz

Carson City, NV

#16 Dec 16, 2007
It is time to cut Simon loose. There was no call for that last night. With that said, perhaps if we had an untouchable player too, we might have won that one!

Nice try, but couldn't beat the fix.
Deal with it

Gilbert, AZ

#17 Dec 16, 2007
The NHL has very little assets to protect...are you going to protect a second tier player or your bread and butter. Complaining and whining about "fair treatment isn't going to change the fact that Crosby will beat you with his skill or brains. Pick one, not both.
By the way - they lost the game not because of Crosby's "special" treatment...they lost it because of a terrible first period and one of their teammates making another unbelievably selfish decision. Simon may be a "great guy off the ice" and a good person - however, he is obviously not mentally strong enough to compete in the NHL. There is something not quite right with him and he is going to really hurt another person. He hasn't killed or crippled another player YET due to sheer luck. Would you allow someone with his track record to continue to be around others knowing he carries a potentially lethal weapon in his hands and two knives on his feet every time he goes out on the ice? Do the correct thing and put him behind the bench or give him a mic...but get him off the ice!
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ESPN 2006 of Crosby - "Now, there remain a few skeptics. There will always be those who are looking for reasons to hate. After all, some people hate for no reason. In the early '80s, there were several seeking to shoot holes in the game of a young Wayne Gretzky. Like Crosby, Gretzky was labeled a "whiner" and "diver" by some critics early in his legendary career. Maybe those slings and arrows are just part of the price you pay for greatness. Like Gretzky, Crosby eventually will silence those voices. He's too good not to."
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From 1987 - "Stanley Cup Finals Notebook: Keenan Accuses Gretzky of Baiting Officials"
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Just change the dates...same old mind games...and players like Gretz and Crosby will always come out the victors. Just get over it.
Islanders all the way

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Dec 16, 2007
Okay well to blame the enitre loss on Simon is rediculas. Bergeron made a horrible play in the beginning which cost the islanders to let up their first goal. I do agree that what Simon did was wrong and he deserves the consequences but Ruuttu is an obnoxious player. Simon was absolutely wrong but the loss should not be put all on him. And as for Crosby I am a big fan, but I do think he should have been penalized. Witt was jumped by two guys and Vasick just helped him out so the penalties called were unfair. It was a rough game over all.
Rob

Donora, PA

#19 Dec 16, 2007
Deal with it wrote:
The NHL has very little assets to protect...are you going to protect a second tier player or your bread and butter. Complaining and whining about "fair treatment isn't going to change the fact that Crosby will beat you with his skill or brains. Pick one, not both.
By the way - they lost the game not because of Crosby's "special" treatment...they lost it because of a terrible first period and one of their teammates making another unbelievably selfish decision. Simon may be a "great guy off the ice" and a good person - however, he is obviously not mentally strong enough to compete in the NHL. There is something not quite right with him and he is going to really hurt another person. He hasn't killed or crippled another player YET due to sheer luck. Would you allow someone with his track record to continue to be around others knowing he carries a potentially lethal weapon in his hands and two knives on his feet every time he goes out on the ice? Do the correct thing and put him behind the bench or give him a mic...but get him off the ice!
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ESPN 2006 of Crosby - "Now, there remain a few skeptics. There will always be those who are looking for reasons to hate. After all, some people hate for no reason. In the early '80s, there were several seeking to shoot holes in the game of a young Wayne Gretzky. Like Crosby, Gretzky was labeled a "whiner" and "diver" by some critics early in his legendary career. Maybe those slings and arrows are just part of the price you pay for greatness. Like Gretzky, Crosby eventually will silence those voices. He's too good not to."
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From 1987 - "Stanley Cup Finals Notebook: Keenan Accuses Gretzky of Baiting Officials"
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Just change the dates...same old mind games...and players like Gretz and Crosby will always come out the victors. Just get over it.
This is a ridiculous argument. Are you suggesting that since it's been wrong for a long time then it might as well just be wrong? The Bettman NHL has wasted a lot of time and effort trying to be like other leagues instead of marketing what it good about the NHL. Maybe they should be more like the other leagues in this case. You simply don't hear about unbalanced officiating regularly in other leagues the way you hear it in the NHL... and it is absolutely clear that it is happening in the NHL. It's not just losing teams having an occasional complaint.

Oh... and Gretzky WAS a whiner when he first entered the league but then he grew up. He never proved that he wasn't a whiner at the start.
Bhaw

Chandler, AZ

#20 Dec 16, 2007
Simon needs to go. He just got back from sitting out 25 games where he had time to think about not trying to injur people after the last incident. Then he comes back and does this. I think anyone, Islanders fan or not, can agree with that.
As for Crosby, it's funny that people are aiming their anger at him like he made the penalty calls. It was the referees, not Crosby. Someone said that he will have to lear to take what he dishes out. I'm pretty sure that's what happened in this incident. Witt was coming at him and he pushed back. And believe it or not, he doesn't get every call as much as everyone likes to complain about it. Several weeks ago he took a blatant slash on the hand from Smith (Philly) and no call. Everyone just likes to highlight when it happens to him... like they did with Gretzky 20 years ago.
Regardless, hopefully Campbell wakes up on this one and actually hands out a suspension that means something to Simon instead of this 2 game crap.
Bustemup

Tempe, AZ

#21 Dec 16, 2007
Sidney Crosby is a whining vagina.

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