MONTREAL (AP) - Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba was suspended for two games by the NHL on Friday for his crushing hit on Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Gryba caught Eller with his head down at the Montreal blue line Thursday night in the second period of the Senators' 4-2 victory. Eller crashed face-first to the ice, and was bleeding heavily as he was taken from the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher. He sustained a concussion and facial and dental injuries.
Elller was released from the hospital Friday and was resting at home.
Game 2 is Friday night in Montreal.
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