NEW YORK -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba has been suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller during Game One of the teams' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 13:28 of the second period. Gryba was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh