Senators’ defenceman Gryba disappointed with two-game suspension

Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Gryba said Saturday he feels sorry for Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller, who was injured in Game 1 when Gryba caught hit with an open-hit.
Gryba said he wasn’t trying to injure Eller and hopes he recovers quickly.
But he maintains that it was a clean hit and is disappointed the league decided to suspend him for two games – in addition to the five-minute major and game misconduct he received in Game 1.
“I’m obviously disappointed with the league’s decision on that but there’s nothing I can do about it, so I’m just going to move on,” he said Saturday, after the team’s optional practice.
“I still feel it was a shoulder-to-shoulder body check and a hockey play but it’s out of my hands.
“I didn’t think there was going to be any more discipline but there was, and that’s the game I’m in.”
He said it’s not going to affect the way he plays.
“It was a hockey hit that had a bad outcome, his face hit the ice, and it was a gruesome scene,” he said.
“I feel terrible about it for his sake and hope he recovers, but it’s a hockey play, and if they take hitting out of the game, they’re taking integrity out of hockey.”
He said he hasn’t tried to contact Eller.


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