Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller, centre, is attended to on the ice after taking a hit by Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Gryba (not pictured) during the second period Thursday night at the Bell Centre. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)
Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Gryba officially became Public Enemy No. 1 in Montreal Thursday night. With the score tied 1-1 in the second, Gryba laid out Habs centre Lars Eller at 13:28, drawing the ire of Canadiens players and fans.
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Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Gryba officially became Public Enemy No. 1 in Montreal Thursday night.
With the score tied 1-1 in the second, Gryba laid out Habs centre Lars Eller at 13:28, drawing the ire of Canadiens players and fans.
The hit occurred in Montreal's end, as Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz sent a suicide pass up ice to Eller, who appeared to be drilled in the head by Gryba's shoulder.
Eller collapsed face first to the ice and was bleeding profusely from his forehead. Eller did sit up but was eventually wheeled off the ice on a stretcher.
Gryba was assessed a five-minute interference major and a game misconduct. The Canadiens scored on the ensuing power play. The Sens, however, rallied for a win 4-2 to take Game 1.
Eller suffered facial and dental fractures, along with a concussion.
Tony CareA graduate of Ryerson University, senior writer Tony Care began his journalism career in 1996. He joined CBCSports.ca in 2003 and has covered a wide range of sports, including hockey, football, baseball and the Olympics.
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