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Islanders’ Matt Martin trying to become NHL’s first 400 hit man

The “hits” statistic in the NHL is a dubious one. After all, puck possession should be the primary objective for any team, and chances are you’re checking someone to gain a puck you don’t possess. The other problem with the stat is the nebulous accounting that undercuts its credibility. Some arena scorekeepers determine “a hit” differently. Some shower home players with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Islanders’ Matt Martin checks Sidney Crosby, stands over him (VIDEO)

YouTube If the Islanders are not going to eliminate the Penguins (and let’s face it, they won’t), the least they can do is push around Sid the Kid, right?  On Thursday, the Penguins whooped the Isles 4-0 in a crucial Game Five.  With the series tied at two games apiece and the game zip-zip, Islanders forward Matt Martin had an opportunity to put Crosby on his backside.  And...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
May 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Dee Karl: BeLIeve or BeLEAF? Isles vs Leafs

Matt Martin has coined the hash tag #BeLIeve for the Islanders playoff push. I like it. But I'm pretty sure in Leafs Nation, they've got their own Twitter handles going. Both teams need the points. Both teams have been out of the playoff picture for a really long time. Jack Capuano will be discussing 'battle level' until the bitter end tonight. This made...
Via HockeyBuzz
April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Martin calls for Devils trainers after KO of Tom Kostopoulos (Video)

New York Islanders forward Matt Martin immediately called the New Jersey Devils training staff to come out on the ice after knocking out Devils forward Tom Kostopoulos in a first period fight during Monday night's game in Newark. Kostopoulos challenged Martin after Martin decked his Devils teammate Steve Gionta. Martin dropped Kostopoulos with only three punches. Kostopoulos...
Via Holdout Sports
April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Isles' Martin KO's Devils' Kostopoulos

Matt Martin of the Islanders not only helped his team to a 3-1 win, but in the process he also got into a scrap with Tom Kostopoulos of the Devils and knocked him out cold. It was a clean right to the chin which caused Kostopoulos to go down, and he was immediately out as he hit the ice. You knew it was bad when Martin, who just did the slugging, called for the trainers as Kostopoulos...
Via Next Impulse Sports
April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Martin knocks out Tom Kostopoulos in fight

Midway through the first period on Monday night during the New York Islanders-New Jersey Devils game, Devils forward Tom Kostopoulos took exception to a hit Islanders forward Matt Martin delivered on Stephen Gionta.  Unfortunately Kostopoulos (6’0″ 205 lbs) bit off more than he could chew and was knocked out by Martin (6’3″ 210 lbs) after taking a devastating blow to the...
Via Diehardsport
April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Esiason's daughter dating NHL player?

Is Boomer Esiason's daughter dating an NHL player? Signs seem to point to that being the case, especially after she shot down another NHL player.

Via Busted Coverage
January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dee Karl: Matt Martin Remains an Islander

It is the classic "I've got good news and bad news, which do you want first?" sort of morning. Good news is that RFA Matt Martin signed a new contract with the NY Islanders with only minutes to spare before the CBA expired. The news broke at 11:19 pm, 50 minutes before the NHL and the players broke ties. Martin's signing was only one of many new contracts...
Via HockeyBuzz
September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Will New York Islanders’ Matt Martin set season record for hits?

The New York Islanders’ Matt Martin has been on a roll of taking down opponents since November, and he isn’t slowing down any time soon. The Islanders winger currently is sitting pretty at the top of the hits category with 293. Does it matter? Maybe not to some, as Martin isn’t an NHLer on most folk’s radar. But it’s bragging rights, none-the-less. Cal Clutterbuck...
March 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Dee Karl: Matt Martin: Leader of the "Hit" Parade

The 22-year-old Ontario native is in his second full-time season with the NY Islanders. He is also in the second season of leading the NHL in hits. Before last night’s game against the Flyers, the game notes read: Heavy Hitter: Matt Martin leads the NHL with 174 hits - 19 more than the league's next top hitter, Cal Clutterbuck. He added eight more last night, three...
Via HockeyBuzz
January 13, 2012  |  Discuss
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