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Habs’ Eller: ‘I don’t remember anything’ about Gryba hit

May 13, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

If there’s a silver lining for Lars Eller in the wake of the devastating hit absorbed during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, it’s that he doesn’t remember it.

Or much of anything about it.

That’s what Eller told reporters over the weekend, saying there was a large void of recollection following a bodycheck from Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba.

“I don’t remember much. There’s a good gap of a 10-minute period where I don’t remember anything,” Eller told the Montreal Gazette.“It happened so fast, I don’t remember anything of it happening on the ice.

“I don’t remember getting carried off the ice, trying to get up, all that stuff.”

Eller suffered a concussion, facial and dental fractures on the hit and was stretchered off the ice after briefly losing consciousness:

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The hit ended an otherwise stellar campaign for the 24-year-old Dane.

Eller posted a career-high 30 points in 46 games this season and was averaging close to 15 minutes a night with the Habs during the playoffs. He also ranked third on the team in assists (22) this year and had a plus-8 rating.

The good news is that Eller was able to resume skating during the series and expects to make a full return.

I’m grateful to still be able to play hockey and be where I am,” he told the Gazette.

“So it could have been a lot worse. That’s how I see it.”

  1. viking28 - May 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Get well Eller

  2. mornelithe - May 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    The impact with the ice was far more damaging than the initial impact with Gryba, and had far more head contact which is likely where the concussion and fractures came into play. There was no reason for Gryba’s suspension, none at all.

  3. mclovinhockey - May 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Getting knocked out on contact usually does that to you.

  4. mclovinhockey - May 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    @morn, it’s true that the impact with the ice was highly damaging, the initial impact was enough to knock him out, he got the shoulder into his jaw (due to the impact of the hit the jaw hit the shoulder) and I assume since he was knocked out Ellers mouth was open during the hit, which easily (and more likely) caused the concision and maybe even the lose of a few teeth.

    I don’t think a suspension was the right call as well, but Gryba did have Eller lined up before Eller had the puck and Eller was in a vulnerable position so I can see why he was suspended.

    Hope Eller gets well soon

  5. scoocha - May 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    All he has to remember is that the hit was legal.

    If players wore cages like in NCAA, they wouldn’t have the issue of being knocked from falling face first onto the ice.

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