After the NHL suspended John Scott of the San Jose Sharks two games Monday for leaving the bench the previous night to start a fight with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman, New York Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and John Moore could face supplemental discipline.
Kreider was ejected in the final minute of the first period during Monday night’s game against the visiting Minnesota Wild for boarding defenceman Jonas Brodin.
Kreider, who was standing behind his opponent, used his arm to shove Brodin as they chased a loose puck, driving the Minnesota blue-liner into the end boards with 15.8 seconds left in the period.
Brodin, who hit the boards hard, limped to a tunnel after staying on the ice a few minutes. He didn’t return for the start of the second period.
Kreider was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.
Monday’s incident wasn’t the impression Kreider was hoping to make with Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, who took the 23-year-old left-winger off the team’s power-play units before the game after he gave the puck away often during Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Montreal.
The rough play in Monday's game wasn't anticipated, given these teams are in different conferences and meet only twice per season.
Less than a minute after the Rangers took a 2-0 lead, Moore drilled Haula in the side of the head between the two circles in the New York end. The Rangers killed that five-minute power play, too, but again gave up an even-strength goal moments later to fall behind 3-0.