Another Hit From Behind

KOSTOPOULOS GETS THE GATE | Habs forward suspended after hit on Van Ryn

Another hit from behind, another injury, another suspension…here’s the latest from the NHL…

The National Hockey League on Monday suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos for 3 games for a hit from behind on Toronto defenseman Mike Van Ryn in a game Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Seven minutes into the game, Van Ryn chased a puck into his end, with Kostopoulos trailing. When he caught Van Ryn, Kostopoulos cross-checked him and drove him face-first into the end boards. Van Ryn suffered a concussion, a broken nose and a broken hand on the play. He had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher, and is expected to miss a month.

Kostopoulos was assessed a roughing minor, a boarding major and a game misconduct.

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