Canadiens forward Lars Eller lies on the ice after receiving a hit from Senators forward Eric Gryba during Game 1 of their playoff series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - It only took 33:28 of their first ever playoff game for the Senators and Montreal Canadiens to develop the kind of nasty rivalry that's been missing the last 20 years.
Eric Gryba's hit on Habs forward Lars Eller Thursday night looked pretty clean from the cheapseats -- and on the TV replays these eyes saw.
After taking a suicide pass from Raphael Diaz, Eller was the victim of a stiff shoulder check by the Senators rookie defenceman. The damage was done when Eller landed on his face. The cut that caused all that bright red blood, we believe, was from Eller's visor. Gryba was given a major penalty and a game misconduct because the Habs forward is one of the many players across the league who chooses to wear eye protection.