Penguins defenseman PO Joseph and older brother Mathieu Joseph, a forward for the Senators, fulfilled a childhood dream when they played each other for the first time in the NHL on Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Neither player scored a point in Pittsburgh’s 4–1 win, but they did converge on the box score when they happened to pull high-stick penalties while their parents, Frantzi Joseph and France Taillon, watched from the stands.
PO Joseph sheepishly admitted that his brother probably didn’t deserve a punishment, admitting that he may have accidentally high-sticked himself.
“I don’t know if they thought this would be funny or something like we both get a penalty at the same time,” said Mathieu Joseph. “But things happen. I’m sure my parents had a good laugh about it, but I didn’t think it was funny.”
Their parents sure had a good laugh, as captured on video after it happened.
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It is not the first time that two brothers have been awarded penalties in the same game.
In 1997, Keith and Wayne Primeau got into a fight with each other in a Buffalo Sabers-Hartford Whalers game in Connecticut and went to the box.
And in 1992, Brent and Rich Sutter each got unsportsmanlike conduct in the second period and then went to penalty kicks against each other in the third during a Chicago Blackhawks-St. Louis Blues game.
This report uses information from ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press.