Morgan Rielly cross checks Ridly Grieg
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Sens forward crosses the line and Morgan Rielly puts him in his place; Suspension likely incoming for Rielly

Published February 10, 2024 at 10:32 PM
BY BEN HODGSON
The Leafs could be excused for feeling frustrated on Saturday night. In a game where they largely outplayed their Ontario rivals, they couldn't draw so much as a single penalty. Then, in a one goal game, a classic Tim Stützle dive cost the Leafs valuable time that could have been used to tie the game.

With the clock winding down and the Leafs desperately pressing for a goal, the puck squirted out to Sens forward Ridly Greig. In alone on an empty net, Greig decided to agitate the Leafs by blasting a slap shot from between the hash marks. Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly took exception to the play, chased Greig down and threw a nasty cross-check into the side of his head, kicking off a large scrum. Rielly was ejected, and the Leafs dropped yet another game to a bottom dwelling team.





Rielly's actions earned him a 5 minute cross-checking major and a game misconduct. You can bet that won't be the end of it. George Parros' Department of Player Safety has a history of being heavy handed when it comes to the Leafs. I'm sure they will gleefully hand down a lengthy suspension.

Does Rielly deserve to be suspended? Maybe. That was a pretty nasty cross-check after all, late in a game and after the whistle too. Don't be surprised when the number of games he gets exceeds more egregious plays from this season though. He'll no doubt have to pay the Leafs tax like Jason Spezza and Auston Matthews before him. My prediction? 4 games.
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Sens forward crosses the line and Morgan Rielly puts him in his place; Suspension likely incoming for Rielly

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