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Matt Niskanen suspended one game for cross-check on Brendan Gallagher, will miss Game 6

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The sentence has been announced for the Flyers defenceman’s antics near the end of Game 5.

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Five Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Matt Niskanen will be suspended for his team’s game on Friday against the Montreal Canadiens.

The defenceman had a hearing on Thursday after his cross check of Brendan Gallagher late in Wednesday night’s Game 5, which the Canadiens won 5-3. Game 6 is scheduled for Friday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Montreal will be considered the home team.

The 33-year-old defenceman played 68 games for the Flyers in the regular season, scoring eight goals and adding 25 assists. He has no points in eight post-season games since the NHL’s Return to Play started. He ranks second among Flyers defenders in ice time behind his partner Ivan Provorov.

Niskanen has never been suspended, but has some history with NHL Player Safety. He was given a major penalty and game misconduct during the 2017 Playoffs, but was not suspended for a similar cross check of Sidney Crosby.

He was also fined for a slash of Gustav Nyqvist in February of this year after a game between the Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Gallagher will need to undergo surgery for his broken jaw, and will miss the remainder of the series.