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Party to show different Isles game

After backlash arose when word spread of the New York Islanders' plans to rebroadcast their brawl-filled game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at a fan viewing party, the team altered its plans.

At the request of the Islanders, MSG Network will now air a game against the Buffalo Sabres in which Michael Grabner scored a hat trick to win the game. SI.com was the first to report the change.

The MSG Network is airing eight Islanders games from last season throughout the summer, and the team scheduled a viewing party for each game.

The team released the following statement: "The New York Islanders have requested that MSG Network change the originally scheduled game to be viewed at the Friday, Aug. 19 meetup. As a part of MSG Plus' Summer Ice programming, the schedule had the Islanders game from Friday, Feb. 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins set to air at 7 p.m. Instead MSG Plus will air the Islanders' 7-6 overtime victory on Sunday, Feb. 13 over the Buffalo Sabres."

In the Feb. 11 game, the teams combined for 65 penalties that totaled 346 minutes and 10 ejections. There were 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts in the game that set records for both teams for most combined penalty minutes and left few players around to finish it.

The NHL suspended Islanders forwards Trevor Gillies for nine games, Matt Martin for four and handed the club a $100,000 fine. Penguins enforcer Eric Godard received an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to join a third-period brawl.

In an interview with USA Today, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly originally came down on the Islanders for having a party to watch the brawl-filled game. But on Thursday, Daly softened his stance.

"As I understand it, the game selection issue was really MSG's decision as opposed to the Islanders," Daly told Newsday. "Having said that, the Islanders proactively acted to change the selection, and prevailed. We obviously support the team's intervention and decision."