Montreal Canadiens forward Josh Anderson has been given a two-game suspension by NHL Player Safety after boarding Alex Pietrangelo.
NHL Player Safety announced early on Sunday that they were set to have a hearing with No.17, which generally hints at a potential suspension incoming for the player. They finally rendered their decision on Sunday evening, concluding that Anderson’s actions warranted a two-game suspension, especially since the head as a primary point of trauma on the hit.
Anderson doesn’t have a history of suspensions in his career, which probably helped him in the ruling from the NHL’s disciplinary committee, but he’ll certainly have a target on his back moving forward if he decides to do it again.
The incident in question happened midway through the third period, Anderson rushed up the ice to hit Pietrangelo, as the Vegas defenceman was looking to dump the puck up the ice.
Unfortunately, Anderson didn’t let up in his momentum after Pietrangelo had shifted his body over towards the boards. Anderson hit Pietrangelo right in the numbers, and the defenceman hit the boards head-first before popping right back up to avenge the dangerous hit laid against him.
Suspension coming for Josh Anderson? pic.twitter.com/74B86Pr63O
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 6, 2022
Josh Anderson was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding and ten-minute game misconduct for his troubles, kicking him out of the game. Yet, somehow, after the hit and ensuing line-brawl, it was the Montreal Canadiens that came out with the power play in the end.
It was unfortunate timing, as the Canadiens had just lost the lead again and Anderson was clearly looking to lay a big hit to bring some energy to the group. The outcome was the exact opposite, as the Canadiens eventually went on to lose the game 6-4 to the Golden Knights in what was a heated and entertaining affair.
It was an unfortunate outcome to an unfortunate hit.
Montreal’s Josh Anderson has been suspended for two games for Boarding Vegas’ Alex Pietrangelo. https://t.co/DYZIsbU607
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 7, 2022