For the second time today, the Department of Player Safety has issued a two-game suspension. This time, it will be Canadiens winger Josh Anderson who sits as the league issued (video link) a two-game ban for boarding.
The incident occurred midway through the third period in Saturday’s game against Vegas when Anderson hit blueliner Alex Pietrangelo from behind in front of the Golden Knights’ bench. Pietrangelo was able to remain in the game while Anderson received a five-minute major penalty plus a game misconduct on the play. The video notes how Anderson changed his angle in order to deliver the hit, one that drove him forcibly into the boards.
This is the first suspension for Anderson who will miss Montreal’s upcoming games against Detroit and Vancouver on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. He will forfeit nearly $60K in salary with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.