NHL may stick it to Ray

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Some nasty stickwork could prove costly for Ray Emery.

The Senators goalie could get a stiff suspension and fine from NHL VP Colin Campbell today after his slash to the head of Canadiens winger Maxim Lapierre in Saturday's 5-3 win in Montreal.

While Emery only received a minor penalty and Lapierre was laughing on the Montreal bench, Campbell didn't find it funny -- which means Emery can expect a call from the NHL head office today.

If he's suspended for at least one game -- and that's a strong possibility -- Martin Gerber, who hasn't started since a 3-2 victory over Washington on Jan. 30, could be in goal Wednesday at Scotiabank Place against Florida.

With Senators GM John Muckler and coach Bryan Murray, Emery will explain his side of the story to Campbell and his staff in a telephone hearing today before a decision is made. The NHL takes slashes to the head seriously.

"I don't know why he did (that). This has to be a suspension in my mind. You just can't do (that)," said analyst Kelly Hrudey, a former NHL goalie, during his Behind the Mask segment Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada.

"Lapierre falls into Emery, and I know what the reaction is by Emery, 'Hey, I have to protect my space.' But clearly that's a slash that's intentional, that's to the head.

"Unfortunately, even though I am biased being an ex-goaltender, there's no need for that and certainly the NHL has to look at that and make sure it doesn't happen again. If he would have gotten up and slashed him in the knees or the ankles, I can live with that, but not to the face."

Fortunately for Emery, Lapierre wasn't hurt.

"It was a clear attempt to injure and we will make sure the league reviews the play," said Habs coach Guy Carbonneau. "If he wasn't wearing a visor, Lapierre would have a broken nose."

Emery had been complaining to officials Eric Furlatt and Marc Joanette about the number of players in his crease. At one point, he chased one of the referees to the blueline to let them know he wasn't happy with all the bumping.

Emery was so angry, he was ready to drop his blocker to try to pound Lapierre before stopping himself.

"There was a fair amount. (Emery) got bumped three times, but he did swing his stick and hit the guy and he deserved the penalty," said Murray. "He looked like he was going to drop his gloves, but thank goodness he didn't go there.

"Ray is an emotional kind of guy, but he's really grown beyond looking to get into a scrap."

Emery said he was tired of the number of players in his crease.

"It seemed like there was a lot to start," said Emery, who had a history of fighting in the AHL. "The first half of the game, they were running into me and kicking my feet out. It's just frustrating when that stuff happens and isn't called all the time. It's frustrating because a couple of plays before I had said something to them about them crashing the net."


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