Senators Steal Win over Canadiens, But Eric Gryba’s Dirty Hit on Lars Eller Steals Headlines (Video)
Last night the seventh-seeded Ottawa Senators beat the second-seeded Montreal Canadiens 4-2 to snatch a one-game lead in their opening round playoff series against their regional and divisional rivals. However, they only did it after one of their players knocked a top Montreal forward out of the game and, in all likelihood, out of the series.
Roughly midway through the second period, with the score at 1-1, Montreal blueliner Raphael Diaz made a dangerous pass up the middle of his own zone to Lars Eller, putting Eller in a very vulnerable spot. As it happens, Ottawa’s Eric Gryba took advantage of that vulnerability to lay a heavy open-ice hit on the 23-year-old Dane. However, he didn’t go for the body. Instead, he made sure his shoulder side-swiped Eller’s head, sending Eller to the ice like a rag doll, leaving a grizzly pool of blood.
Watching the replays of the incident from most angles, it’s hard to see how or where Gryba’s shoulder even makes contact with Eller’s head. However, the replay you’ll see at the 2:43 mark of the following video shows it pretty clearly. Take a look:
After the game both Gyrba and his coach, Paul MacLean, defended the hit as being a tough but legal hockey play—apparently unaware that the internet exists, and that the rest of us have watched the play for ourselves.
As for Eller, he spent the night in a Montreal hospital and has been diagnosed with a concussion, as well as facial and dental fractures. So you can bet he’s on pretty strong pain medication.
You can also bet he’s going to be out for a while.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]