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NHL suspends Senators defenseman Eric Gryba 2 games for hit on Canadiens' Lars Eller

  • Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller receives medical attention following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller receives medical attention following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller is taken off the ice following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller is taken off the ice following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller lies injured on the ice following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller lies injured on the ice following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba was suspended for two games by the NHL on Friday for his crushing hit on Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Gryba caught Eller with his head down at the Montreal blue line Thursday night in the second period of the Senators' 4-2 victory. Eller crashed face-first to the ice, and was bleeding heavily as he was taken from the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher. He sustained a concussion and facial and dental injuries.

Elller was released from the hospital Friday and was resting at home.

Game 2 is Friday night in Montreal.