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Gryba says he’s prepared for Habs to target him

May 7, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

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After serving a two-game suspension for putting Montreal’s Lars Eller in the hospital with an “illegal” open-ice hit, Senators rookie defenseman Eric Gryba will be back in the lineup tonight for Game 4 in Ottawa.

The question now is, will the Canadiens do anything about it?

“I’m sure guys are going to look for an opportunity to take a run at me,” the 25-year-old said, per Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes. “But it’s nothing I haven’t dealt with before.”

As we wrote yesterday, once the puck drops, the Habs will likely 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.

But if the game is decided before the final horn sounds, viewers might want to keep watching.

  1. malkinrulez - May 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Sens know this better than anyone as they were so interested in making Cooke pay for his imaginary indiscretion on Karlsson they got beat by a depleted Pens team.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - May 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Well, since elbowing is legal in that series, he can feel free to swing away. Just don’t body check anyone…that’s a no-no. In that series.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - May 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    My guess is a Canadien will start a fight and lose. Then their coach will call someone/something classless.

    • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      If by “start a fight” you mean “deliver a few cheap shots resulting in one” I agree with you.

  4. upyourstodd - May 7, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Mr. Gryba should just go out there, play his game, and let the Habs make fools of themselves. Thats would be the best case scenario for the Sens.

  5. sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Given the Habs’ conduct, if Ottawa wins this series, I almost wouldn’t mind if my team lost to them in the next series.

  6. mclovinhockey - May 7, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Should be a fun one, sens found a way to get under the skin of the Habs last game….
    It’s funny how much the sens started with a cross check here an there and people thought it was the Habs fault.
    Cross check from Smith on White, then a retaliation and the Sens D jumps in to start the first fight of the line brawl.

    Turris with a cross check after the whistle on Subban, Subban retaliates and everyone blames Subban.

    It was great coaching by the sens to get under the Habs skin, the timeout with :17 secs left in the blow out was the icing on the cake.
    MacLean for Jack Adams!!!

    Can’t wait for this game, good old time hockey mixed with great coaching and some blown fuses!!

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Who the hell on the Habs team has the size or balls to target Gryba. Besides, if the Habs coaching staff had an average hockey IQ, which is doubtful at this point, they would tell their players not to look for any retribution, give no cheap shots, no fighting, skate away from skirmishes and skate like your a$$ is on fire. Oh! Make sure Subban takes his Ritalin. Don’t want him out there cussing his own players. Sish! Mr. Norris finalist…..

  8. sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    In lieu of an actual blog post about tonight’s game (yet), I would like to thank Diaz for providing yet more entertainment for the Senators’ pleasure.

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