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‘First Blood Sens': Ottawa Sun’s front page

May 3, 2013, 10:22 AM EST

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If the temperature in the Ottawa Senators-Montreal Canadiens series wasn’t already at a boil after Game 1, this will surely help.

A photo of the front page was provided in a tweet from Ottawa Sun sports columnist Bruce Garrioch.

The photo is of Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller, who was injured on a devastating hit from Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.

As per a tweet from Elliotte Friedman of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Eller “had facial and dental fractures, as well as loss of consciousness.”

The Canadiens said Eller would stay overnight in hospital as a result of his injuries.

Senators’ head coach Paul MacLean called the hit, “a hockey play that went bad for Eller.”

There is also discussion about the pass from Raphael Diaz to Eller and whether it was one of those “suicide passes.”

“I’m not going to blame Raphael,” said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.

  1. valoisvipers - May 3, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    He should blame Diaz, that was what they call a suicide pass. I would also blame the ref for such a bad call. Both the ref and Diaz deserve benching.

    • ravenscaps48 - May 3, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Stay Classy, Ottawa Sun

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 3, 2013 at 6:51 AM

        Absolutely a poor choice for a front page. On the front page should have been Anderson praising his great play. Ottawa Sun = Tabloid. Is this paper owned by Rupert Murdoch? :-)

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 3, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      This hit, which I believe to be a clean hit, will be a life changer for Eller. I’ve been the recipient of such a pass, and the devastating hit that comes with it, a live with the consequences on a daily basis. Diaz is absolutely to blame for making that pass.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 3, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Might have been one of those calls to just get him out of there, regardless of what had actually happened. It’s good that OTT won, so there’s no talk about the penalty costing them the game, though. I agree with you that it was a horrible pass and call.

  2. JoeAvg - May 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    You media guys. Always after the lurid headlines.

  3. charleslouis99 - May 3, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Bruce Garrioch is always causing some sort of problem. Am I right?

  4. blackandyellow71 - May 3, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    I wonder if there will be a forensic investigation.

    • bruinssuck - May 3, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      yep on anderson probably !! XD

  5. slclions - May 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    full disclosure I am a habs fan. However, this hit should not be suspended. it was a hard hockey play and it ended badly for Lars (the ice might have done the most damage).

    But everybody needs to shut up about the ref. At normal speed and with the amount of blood the hit looks baf and too the head. Thays why originally even the Sens were not protesting to much. Now once you see it in slow-mo you can see it was a clean hit but refs dont have that luxury. Even the guys on CBC said in real speed+blood its human nature to call 5 and a game. But he shouldn’t get suspended.

    happy sens won because now when the habs win the series that penalty will not be a factor why.

    • dentals1 - May 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      I get that, but why call it interference? He touched the puck.

  6. atteckus - May 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Welcome to the playoffs, Les Habitants.

  7. justmadeaccountbecauseottsunisgarbage - May 3, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Sens fan here,

    Can’t believe The Sun is actually using this as a cover. Awful. It’s no secret that no one in Ottawa takes them seriously.

    Had to comment on this because as a Senators fan I don’t want such disgraceful actions being associated with me, the team I cheer for, or the beautiful city of Ottawa.

    Go Sens Go.

    • 19to77 - May 3, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Thanks bud. Appreciate the class. Clean hit with an unintentional result. Bruce Garroich is the only person in any of this who deserves to take heat.

      I just hope Eller’s okay.

    • thesableo - May 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Ottawans are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. Glad to see that class holds up in the postseason.

  8. mclovinhockey - May 3, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Yeah, anyone blaming the ref needs to open their eyes.

    Fact is, at normal speed, no matter what that play is you need to call it, even if its a roughing. It was a blindsided hit.

    Because of blood it had to be at least a double minor, due to the K.O. and the fact it looked like a headshot, had to raise it to a major which is a 5 and a game.

    The refs are human, eller broke his face.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 3, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      I agree – but putting myself in Gryba’s shoes, you have to make that hit. It was an ‘incorrect’ call, but I agree the ref couldn’t go by anything else but how it looked….but yeah if Gryba doesn’t make that hit he should be benched. If Ellers doesn’t play the puck, who knows what people will say – forwards trust their D not to get them killed the same way receivers trust their quarterbacks in those situations.

      Hope Eller is ok -

    • jpelle82 - May 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      something had to be called on the ice and i think with the magnitude of the aftermath they were forced to call it a major. i dont think it warrants even a hearing but we will see how the league views it, you never know with shana-ban.

  9. bman7206 - May 3, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    MOUNTIES up, up, and away!!

  10. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 3, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Apparently the Montreal Police were called and found professional journalism DOA.

  11. dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    sun news canada;s fox news shows their true colors. now they have a story about our low moral violent society . we need to get jesus in schools lmao

  12. cspuck7 - May 3, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Awful “buddy” pass by Diaz, hope Eller is ok and back at it soon

  13. sjsharks66 - May 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Honestly, this is the playoffs. Things like this happen. You can’t blame one person for what happened. It was a bad pass. This does not mean it was his fault! They’re trying to win, sometimes you have to make a risky attempt. Some go fine and some go bad. It was a freak accident. Accidents happen.

  14. President Charles Logan - May 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Ottawa will never win a Stanley Cup in the modern day NHL

  15. sens101 - May 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    what a bunch of idiots…..why give them any bulletin board material.

  16. onbucky96 - May 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    “They drew First Blood. They drew First Blood”. Rambo smack on the Hockey page, nice.

  17. crusty14 - May 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Maybe they should have called a double minor for roughing , instead of a interference major?

  18. rushledger - May 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Ottawa is a bunch of hypocrites they blame Matt Cooke for injuring Eric karlson but it was a freak accident, the GM goes looking for forensic evidence to prove t was intentional, oh yeah how’s that going by the way? Guessing the fact we haven’t heard anything means it was an accident, then the Ottawa sun posts a picture of a seriously injured player who was inured by their guy, Ottawa is a disgrace.

  19. ewoods6 - May 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Bad pass, his elbow was down and he didn’t target his head. Emotions run high in the playoffs but this was not an illegal hit, doesn’t deserve suspension and his teammate should be the one bearing the brunt of a what we call in rugby to be a: “hospital pass.”

    The ice casued the dental and facial fractures. Very scary and heart goes out to the injured player but welcome to the risks of playing a fast paced collision sport.

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