Chris Kreider, John Moore booted from Rangers-Wild game

Rangers forward Chris Kreider and defenceman John Moore could face supplemental discipline for boarding Minnesota Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin and a hit to the head of forward Erik Haula, respectively, during Monday night's game in New York.

New York forward, defenceman could face suspension for boarding, hit to head

Rangers defenceman John Moore, right, skates away after taking a match penalty with a hit to Minnesota's Erik Haula on Monday night. The NHL on Wednesday suspended Moore, a repeat offender, five games. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Former NHL defenceman-turned league disciplinarian Stephane Quintal could be busy for a second consecutive day Tuesday.

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 forward Chris Kreider and defenceman 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. 

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. The NHL's department of player safety said it offered Moore an in-person hearing.

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 was on the bench in the second period.

Kreider was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.​

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.

Earlier in the period, Wild forward Zach Parise was struck in the face by an errant stick from New York defenceman Marc Staal behind the Rangers net, in the same place in which Brodin was injured. Parise was bleeding while he was down on his knees and was then helped to the tunnel to the dressing room with a towel pressed to his face.

No penalty was called on that play.

With files from The Associated Press


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