February 14, 2011
Konopka takes verbal shots at Lemieux
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
Zenon Konopka took a few verbal shots at Mario Lemieux Monday.
The Islanders winger, responding to criticism from the Pittsburgh Penguins of the fines and suspensions in an ugly brawl Friday, told reporters in Ottawa he wasn’t happy with Lemieux.
“As soon as I get home I’m going to take the poster of Mario off the bedroom door down,” said Konopka, an Ottawa 67’s grad. “I can’t believe he’s that far removed from the game that he doesn’t realize in the heat of the moment what happens.
“We’re trying to keep our best players on the ice. We want John Tavares to be a superstar in the league and play every night. We’re going to do everything we can to protect our players in here. It’s not easy to do it, but we’re worried about each other. Not outsiders.” Konopka said the Isles were just sticking up for each other.
“Montreal and Boston they play a game and it’s great old time hockey. 'Wow, this is awesome’ with the rivalry. We have a game and now we’re getting crucified for it,” said Konopka.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep guys in the lineup, fight for points and do everything we can to win hockey games. Everyone keeps taking shots at us. It’s tough for us to deal with.”