New York Islanders teammates Brock Nelson and Thomas Greiss got into a physical altercation at the IIHF World Championships.
This one isn’t a love tap.
During an IIHF Tournament battle between the United States and Germany, New York Islanders netminder Thomas Greiss punched Brock Nelson, his NHL teammate, after the latter came flying into the net.
This prompted a hilarious discussion amongst social media users:
“You can hear him [Greiss] say in German you suck on the power play.”
“Your teammate crashing you in a game like this is twice as frustrating. Greiss finally got to the place he’s wanted in his career. Starting goalie. Could you imagine if your own teammate hurts you and you lose it?”
“Snitty rules: stay out of my crease.”
“Maybe he will wake his ass up . I wouldn’t mind making a good trade for Brock.”
“What was Brock doing in front of their net? Why didn’t he go there in the playoffs?”
This comes after Greiss committed the gaffe of the century in a matchup with Belarus. What is normally a routine play was a comical blunder, as Greiss misread the wobbling puck and allowed an extremely petty goal.
— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) May 13, 2016
Behind Greiss, the Germans defeated the U.S. for the first time in more than two decades. Germany leapfrogged the Americans in the Group B standings, although both teams are in a position to advance to the playoffs.
*It’s very possible that Greiss didn’t realize that the player who came crashing into him was Nelson. Either way, a pretty comical play.