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Konopka picks new fight with Lemieux, NHL

*Sigh -"I can’t believe (Mario) is so far removed from the game that he doesn’t realize in the heat of the moment what happens," -"You look at Trevor Gillies," said Konopka. "He’s a first time offender. He hits a guy, throws a few punches, he gets a nine-game suspension. The guy’s got a wife, two kids and plays in the East Coast Hockey League and AHL most of his career and now he’s going to lose $35,000." -"Montreal and Boston, they play a game and it’s great old-time hockey, it’s ‘wow, this is awesome, the rivalry’," Konopka continued. "Then we have a game and now we’re getting crucified for it. We’re doing everything possible to keep guys in the lineup, to fight for points, to do everything we can to win hockey games and everybody keeps taking shots at us. Talk to our trainers (about) how many man games we’ve lost. We’ve lost 360 games to injuries and now we’re getting crucified because we’re trying to have some retribution for a couple of our guys getting knocked out. It’s tough for us to deal with." -"I don’t understand how this $100,000 gets thrown into the mix," he said. "We have a bright future in Long Island and we’re excited for it and we can’t wait to grow with this team.

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