May 3, 2013
Sens' Gryba gets two games for hit on Eller
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens is treated for facial injuries after being hit by the Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during game one of their NHL playoff series Thursday in Montreal. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

MONTREAL - Eric Gryba had the book thrown at him.

The Ottawa Senators defenceman was given a two-game suspension by the NHL Friday before Game 2 for his devastating hit on Montreal Canadiens winger Lars Eller in Game 1 Thursday at the Bell Centre.

NHL VP of discipline Brendan Shanahan, who held a phone hearing with Gryba around noon, handed down the decision around 3:30 p.m., just hours before Game 2.

Gryba's teammates said the rookie felt guilty.

"He feels bad. He's a great guy. He's such a good kid. You know he feels bad, you can see it in his demeanour," said Senators defenceman Marc Methot. "He's a big guy. He's a physical player, but he's not out there to hurt anybody."

Gryba won't be eligible to return until Game 4 Tuesday in Ottawa.



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