- Doug McIntyre
UPDATE: TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the NHL has suspended Ottawa Senators rookie Eric Gryba two games for an ugly hit that injured Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller in Game 1 of the teams' first-round playoff series Thursday night.
Not surprisingly, there are two schools of thought on whether the devastating open-ice hit Senators defenseman Eric Gryba applied on the Canadiens' Lars Eller during Thursday's first round opener between the Northeast Division rivals was legal.
NHL sources tell the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch that the Habs argued that Gryba raised his elbow before making contact with Eller, who suffered a concussion, facial fractures and lost several teeth on the play. But Gryba, who is still awaiting the outcome of his Friday hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, believes the hit was clean.
"I stepped up to make a hit and I kept my shoulder down," the rookie blueliner told the paper. "My elbow was down and there was no intent to hurt him whatsoever.'