Ottawa Senators forward Eric Gryba is the latest to administer a questionable hit after his elbow to Artem Anisimov’s head knocked the Columbus Blue Jacket out of Tuesday’s game and sent his helmet flying.
Gryba was given a five-minute major and game misconduct at 8:04 of the second period while Anisimov, who has a history of head injuries, left the game with an upper-body injury and didn’t return.
Gryba could receive a call from the NHL’s department of player safety since he’s a repeat offender. In the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Saskatoon native was suspended two games for his hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final.
Eller spent time in hospital with a concussion and facial fractures.
NHL disciplinarian Stephane Quintal’s week is getting busier by the day.
On Monday, San Jose Sharks enforcer John Scott was suspended two games for leaving the bench to start a fight with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman in Sunday’s 4-1 win over the hometown Ducks.
Also Monday, New York Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and John Moore were booted from the team’s 5-4 win over Minnesota for separate incidents.
Kreider was ejected in the final minute of the first period for boarding defenceman Jonas Brodin.
Moore was kicked out midway through the second for a blatant hit to the head of forward Erik Haula that resulted in a match penalty.
Moore will reportedly have an in-person hearing Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET with the NHL’s department of player safety in New York City.