Grabner suspended for two games

By Joe Pantorno

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

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?