Morgan Rielly cross-checks Ridly Greig in head, faces suspension

Toronto Maple Leafs All-Star defenseman Morgan Rielly is looking at a potentially long suspension for his reaction to an Ottawa Senators goal on Saturday night.

The NHL’s player safety department announced Sunday that it has offered Rielly an in-person hearing (possible suspension of six games or more) for cross-checking Senators forward Ridly Greig in the head after he had scored. The hearing will be held on Tuesday afternoon at the NHL’s office in New York.

Greig had put the finishing touch on a 5-3 victory in the Battle of Ontario with an empty net goal in the final seconds, but he fired the puck in with a close-in slap shot, a violation of NHL players’ unwritten code.

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