May 4, 2013
Gryba surprised he received suspension for hit on Eller
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

The Ottawa Senators took on the Tampa bay Lightning during a afternoon game at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa Ont. Saturday March 23, 2013. Eric Gryba from the Ottawa Senators celebrates his first NHL goal against Mathieu Garon from the Tampa Bay Lightning during first period action Saturday. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

Eric Gryba was caught off guard.

The Senators defenceman vowed he won't change his game despite getting a two-game ban from NHL VP of discipline Brendan Shanahan Friday for what appeared to be a clean, open-ice hit on Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1.

Speaking for the first time publicly since the incident, the 6-foot-4 Gryba told reporters he didn't think he did anything wrong when he made the hit on Eller.

"I'm 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," said Gryba Saturday. "I still feel it was a shoulder-to-shoulder body check and a hockey play but it's out of my hands.

"Going through the (hearing process) the first time, I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't think there was going to be any more discipline, but there was and that's the game I'm in."

Gryba said that doesn't mean he can change his style.



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