Not too long after the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a hearing for Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk, they’ve announced a hearing for Montreal Canadiens forward Josh Anderson. According to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels, the hearing will be over the phone, which means a shorter suspension, if any.
The play in question happened just after the halfway point of the third period in last nights game against the Vegas Golden Knights. Anderson lined up defenseman Alex Pietrangelo from behind, sending him into the boards right in front of the Vegas bench. Fortunately, Pietrangelo appeared uninjured from the hit and in fact got straight up to join the scrum that ensued around Anderson. For the hit, Anderson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
What exactly the supplemental discipline Anderson receives, if any, is still unclear. However, it is worth mentioning that Anderson has not been suspended thus far in his NHL career, thus the punishment could be lesser than that of a repeat offender. The winger has five points in 12 games so far this season, his third in Montreal.