Shanahan Explains Two-Game Suspension of Senators Gryba [VIDEO]

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(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

MONTREAL, QC. — On Friday afternoon the NHL announced that Senators defenseman Eric Gryba had been suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of the Canadiens Lars Eller.

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

Brendan Shanahan from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety identified the following factors in making his decision:

  • Eller’s head was the principal point of contact.
  • Eller lost consciousness prior to his face striking the ice.
  • The pass made by Raphael Diaz was irrelevant.

Additional video and photo gallery of the illegal hit can be found here.