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Grabner suspended for two games

The NHL announced today that Islanders winger Michael Grabner will be suspended for the next two days after he was charged with an illegal checked to the head of Carolina Hurricanes left winger Nathan Gerbe.

The hit happened with about 6:42 left in the first period of Saturday’s game at the Nassau Coliseum. Grabner’s hit targeted the head of Gerbe, who showed no sign of injury. A penalty was not assessed and Gerbe played the entire game.

Grabner had a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety where the organization reviewed the play where they found the Islanders speedster’s actions illegal.

The Islanders will be without Grabner for their game tomorrow night against the Canucks and on Friday against the Penguins. He has two goals and six assists in eight games this season.

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK: If Grabner gets two games for his check on Gerbe, then do you think there should be punishment for the hit that has sidelined Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky?

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes Michael Grabner Nathan Gerbe New York Islanders NHL NHL Player Safety Published Suspension

  • Jim B

    There absolutely should be a hearing for the hit on Visnovsky. No penalty was called on Grabners hit, Gerbe got right back up, finished his shift and the game. Visnovsky left the game and has since been placed on IR with a concussion. And after all the talk over concussions lately, and their long term effect, a hit from behind that left a player concussed should be reviewed.

  • cop

    i need to see the hit on Lubo but from what i saw it was way after he passed the puck. i never saw the replay to see the point of contact and if the intent was there to injure. the jury is out for me on that one. Grabby’s hit was just 2 guys whose body parts didn’t match up good for Gerbe. i felt there was no intent to injure at all