With 11:49 left in the period, Hollweg landed a heavy hit behind the Islanders net on defenceman Freddy Meyer and was whistled for a penalty. Simon charged Hollweg from behind and set off a brawl.
Orr fought Kip Brennan, and Hollweg and Simon tangled. Rangers forward Jason Strudwick, who fought Brennan in the first period, jumped Simon. Islanders forwards Jeremy Colliton and Andy Hilbert joined the fray that drifted toward DiPietro’s crease.
DiPietro grabbed Strudwick from behind and gave several tugs, trying to pull the Rangers forward away — planting his glove in his face. Strudwick fell on Hilbert, and DiPietro kept pulling until he saw Montoya skate from his crease.
“When (Simon) is trying to fight two guys at once, then I had to step in,” DiPietro said. “All you’re thinking is to help your teammates. It was a crazy game. A lot of crazy stuff happened. One good thing is that we’re fighting for each other.”.
DiPietro squared off in a position ready to fight, removing his gloves and mask and pulling up his sleeves.
Montoya, who hasn’t played in a regular-season NHL game, skated past DiPietro and seemed to not be interested in fighting or unsure of what to do. He had one fight last season in the AHL.
DiPietro, who fought former Islanders teammate Arron Asham in practice last season, signalled to Montoya to take off his gloves and mask as if to teach him the tricks of the trade. With a wide grin on his face, DiPietro grabbed Montoya and punches flew.
“You’ve got to defend your teammates,” Montoya said. “The second you cross the blue line, that’s what is going to happen. He’s a tough guy, but at the same time he was going out of his way to try and start something. So, I just had to do my part.”
As Montoya lost his balance, DiPietro pulled him and the two fell with Montoya on top. DiPietro quickly jumped up and landed on top as punches continued.
Both goalies were penalized for leaving the crease and ejected. Strudwick and Orr along with Simon and Brennan were kicked out of the game that featured at least six fights. Simon was also given a major penalty for charging.
Goalie fights are great because they happen so
They come charging out of the crease, flinging their gloves and helmet as they skate, fists cocked and ready. Now they have their chance to drop the glove, and the blocker! They seem kind of delighted at the idea of a fight, like, “Hey, why the heck not? It might be fun!” Some goalies look like they might know what they’re doing, others look like they havent a clue. Dipetro had to tell Montoya to take off his mask.