- Brendan Gallagher was given a game misconduct for the shocking elbow
- Gallagher does not have a history of suspensions, but will likely get his first here
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Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher was ejected from a game against the New York Islanders on Thursday night after throwing a shocking elbow at the head of defenseman Adam Pelech.
Midway through the third period, Gallagher skated from near the New York bench, across center ice, and delivered the brutal shot to Pelech’s head, sending him spiraling to the ice and grabbing his face.
The puck was long gone as well, making the combination of roughing and interference a no-brainer for the officials.
Gallagher was given a match penalty and is all but guaranteed to be handed a suspension from the NHL in the coming days.
Pelech did remain down on the ice for a few minutes, but looks to have avoided major injury.
Gallagher’s elbow struck the face of Pelech, leading to a game misconduct and ejection
To make matters worse for Gallagher, he left his feet to finish the check, which is illegal
The elbow came with Montreal up 3-1 in the game, and lit a fire under the Islanders, who tied the game just minutes later.
Luckily for the Canadiens, Sean Monahan scored the game-winning goal with just over two minutes to go in the contest.
Unlike the aftermath of many other dirty hockey hits, the game did not devolve into chaos, as Gallagher’s penalty was the final one of the game.
Scott Mayfield of the Islanders and Gallagher skate after the puck during the second period
Gallagher’s likely first suspension from the NHL could still be a lengthy one. If he were a repeat offender, his time away from the ice would be much worse.
The 4-3 Montreal win overshadowed what was Patrick Roy’s return to an NHL bench, as well as his homecoming in Montreal, where he played from 1984-95.
The teams do play again this season, on April 11, in New York.
There is no chance Gallagher’s likely suspension lasts that long, as it would be more than 30 games, so he will have a chance to be on the ice at UBS Arena.