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After two-game suspension, Gryba likely to play Game 4

May 6, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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As if the Montreal-Ottawa series needed any more fuel to add to the fire, it sounds as if rookie defenseman Eric Gryba — the same Eric Gryba who was suspended two games for putting Montreal’s Lars Eller in the hospital with an open-ice hit on Thursday — will draw back into the lineup for Tuesday’s Game 4.

Gryba is likely to replace injured Patrick Wiercioch (lower body), according to Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes.

Will the Canadiens seek their revenge and go after Gryba? Sens coach Paul MacLean — another prominent figure in this series — says he “will be interested to see,” per the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.

In a related story, online bookmaker Bovada has posted odds on a fight occurring within the first two minutes of Game 4. “No” is the 1/5 favorite, while “Yes” is at 3/1.

Chances are, once the puck drops, the Habs will be focused on winning the game, not settling scores. They’re down 2-1 in the series and would love to go back to Montreal having regained home-ice advantage.

Related: No supplemental discipline from Sens-Habs melee

  1. dropthepuckeh - May 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I’m sure some loser on the Canadiens will do something stupid but why? It was a great hit that ended in a tough injury for Eller. I think the foolishness Montreal displayed last night was way worse than this hit or anything else. I kind of hope they go after Gryba just so Ott can have a PP and put Montreal away for good.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      “so Ott can have a PP”?

      • dropthepuckeh - May 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Ha, almost responded seriously but realize now you are questioning the ref’s ability to call anything on Montreal. Well played sir.

        Monday brain not working at full speed but heading home shortly to prepare for Bruins/ Toronto and all of the other games. Fired up!

      • therealdeal18 - May 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Haha… I don’t think thats what withdrawal meant, but maybe I just have the maturity of the mind of a 10th grader

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 7, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        Yeah he gave me too much credit, I just thought the wording of the comment was worth repeating.

  2. 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Depends. Do the Habs want to lose another fight, or was going 1-for-5 in that brawl last night enough of a beatdown?

  3. bman7206 - May 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Habs got their asses kicked. Got to love Canadiens calling people classless! Irony at its finest. As long as the NHL lets the flopping European soccer scabs, otherwise known as Habs, keep throwing cheap shots and flopping all over the ice I say they let them fight so they get tooled. By the way how in the hell is Bourque not having a meeting today for that elbow?!?! Garbage. Any fans call 911 last night? Chumps.

    • 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Agreed. Bourque is the epitome of classless. But hey, Therrien’s fine with it as long as it only goes the other way.

    • sabatimus - May 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      I hope Neil puts Bourque in the hospital. Of course, the league would give Neil the rest of the playoffs off for it.

    • crashtheboards55 - May 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      As a hockey fan MTL was completely out if control and classless. They reminded me of the Pens last year. As a Pens fan I was embarrassed for what happened and how they acted. Philly beat their ass. Take your beating with class and move on. That Neanderthal display by MTL was ridiculous. Bourque Subban and Georges should all be suspended. If Grybda got 2 games for a hard clean hit than the 3 idiots from MTL should get at least 5.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Of the course the Habs will go after him….with their sticks, a slapshot, and some other cheap shots.

  5. The Hockey Fan - May 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I look for him to make a big impact coming back. A more calm-headed individual. The Habs will want to make a statement with some rather cheap shots and Eric won’t retaliate drawing penalties. Plus the fact he is already a very good d-man. Sens in 5.

  6. sens101 - May 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    lol i was at the game last night and everytime i saw an mtl fan on the phone i asked him if they were calling the cops because the Canadiens were losing. Mtl is soft and I hope the sens gained some confidence on the pp to be able to make them pay for cheap shots in game 4! Go Sens Go!!!!

  7. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Read this…

    It might take your minds off the classless display in last night’s Senators versus Canadien disaster:

    • sabatimus - May 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      If I wanted to take my mind off of it, why would I commenting on this PHT blog?

  8. amerika1313 - May 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    With all the nonsense they got away with last game, why wouldn’t the Habs go after him? It’s pretty obvious the league won’t do anything about it if they do…

  9. rjc32586 - May 6, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    The Canadiens should get revenge by hitting Gryba with a series of perfectly legal and clean hits. Really show him what a taste of his own medicine is like.

  10. letsgopens8771 - May 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Can’t wait to see what kind of reception he gets in Montreal. :)

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