Mario Lemieux: Why He Spoke Out and Where the NHL Goes from Here

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Mario Lemieux: Why He Spoke Out and Where the NHL Goes from Here
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Friday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins traveled to Long Island to face the New York Islanders for the first time since the notorious goalie fight that left Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro with a shattered face.

This time was even more eventful than last. There were a combined 346 penalty minutes during the game, including 15 fighting majors, 20 misconducts and 10 ejections. Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson got his second fight as well.

In the aftermath, the NHL suspended three players. The Penguins' Eric Godard received a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to join the brawl. New York Islanders Trevor Gillies and Matt Martin were suspended for nine and four games respectively for targeting defenseless players.

Additionally, the New York Islanders were slapped with a $100,000 fine for failure to control their players. The Pittsburgh Penguins organization did not receive a similar fine.

There has been plenty of criticism to go around about the teams, players, the league and fighting in general after all that hoopla. Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux joined the discussion, releasing a statement criticizing the fight and the league for its handling of it.

Lemieux has received his fair share of criticism after making the statement. Here are the top 10 reasons the typically quiet Lemieux made his statement.

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