Islanders legend and four-time Stanley Cup winner fires back at Paul Bissonnette, calls him ‘clown’ in hilarious burn

Paul Bissonnette and the New York Islanders are anything but a love story. Earlier this week, Maple Leafs captain John Tavares celebrated reaching 1,000 NHL points.

The milestone coincidentally occurred during a game against the Islanders, Tavares’ former team, where he played for nine seasons and was the captain for several of them.

John Tavares leaving for the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 2018 didn’t sit well with the Islanders crowd, and since then, they have taken every opportunity to express their true feelings about him.

When the teams played each other earlier this week, Tavares was booed from the moment he stepped onto the ice, and even louder boos were heard every time he touched the puck.

When Tavares got an assist on the Maple Leafs’ 3-3 equalizer in the game’s dying moments, the Toronto players emptied their bench in celebration for the captain.

But at the same time, the Islanders fans didn’t even think about praising their former captain for reaching the magical milestone.

Instead, the boos were even louder, which had Paul Bissonnette reacting in anger.

“The Islanders fans booed the jumbotron congratulating a guy getting 1,000 points tonight. I’m still in shock. Where’s Gregg Popovich when you need him? Clown show,” BizNasty said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

But now, one Islanders icon has had enough of Paul Bissonnette.

Butch Goring, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Islanders, who now works for the MSG Network as an analyst, fires back at Bissonnette on the social media platform with a response that many felt was absolutely awesome.

“Why don’t you show up at the UBS, then they can boo a clown with zero points,” Goring said.

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 29: Former New York Islander Butch Goring is honored by the team as his #91 jersey is retired and hung in the rafters prior to the game between the Islanders and the Boston Bruins at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on February 29, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The response quickly went viral, and Bissonnette didn’t take long to issue a response.

“Butchy wants the smoke. I’m declaring war on the Islanders. Nobody comes at my captain,” he said.

ELMONT, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 11: John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs (C) celebrates his assist and 1000th NHL point against the New York Islanders during the third period at UBS Arena on December 11, 2023 in Elmont, New York. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It’s not the first time Bissonnette and Goring have been in some kind of argument. This summer, Biz said the Islanders ‘have just given up,’ talking about how they extended Goring’s contract with the MSG network.

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