Cammalleri's 'cheapshot' under review

Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri was kicked out of the game Saturday night after he...

Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri was kicked out of the game Saturday night after he slashed Nino Niederreiter on the back of the left leg. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:05 PM ET

The NHL is still reviewing the stickwork perpetrated by Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri on New York Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter Saturday night in Quebec City.

Cammalleri was kicked out of the Habs' 7-2 win over the Isles after he slashed Niederreiter on the back of the left leg. He was given a slashing major and game misconduct.

The incident followed what Habs coach Jacques Martin called a blindside hit by Niederreiter on Cammalleri earlier in the game.

Cammalleri could be called to a hearing with the league Monday and faces the possibility of being suspended for the Canadiens' regular-season opener Thursday night in Toronto against the Leafs.

After the two bumped together, Cammalleri poked the blade of his stick in Niederreiter's face and appeared to make contact. When Niederreiter, the Isles' top pick in the 2010 draft, skated away, Cammalleri chased him, crosschecking him and then slashing him on the back of the leg.

Niederreiter left the game with a bruised calf.

"I got an elbow first, then kind of got a stick. Then I was trying to get back in the play and got a cheapshot," Neiderreiter said after the game. "It's pre-season, but you should never do a cheapshot like that. He came from behind and I never expected to get slashed. It's not a good thing."

Cammalleri offered a no comment after the game.

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