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Josh Anderson suspended two games for boarding Alex Pietrangelo

The Canadiens will have to do without one of their veteran forwards.

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The NHL department of player safety has announced that Montreal Canadiens forward Josh Anderson will be suspended two games for boarding Alex Pietrangelo during Saturday night’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The play occurred during the third period, and Anderson was ejected from the game after being assessed a five-minute major as well as a misconduct.

It seemed clear at the time, with the hit being delivered directly to the numbers on Pietrangelo, that at the very least a fine would be forthcoming. Hits like this are very dangerous, and while the recipient was able to bounce right back up and go after Anderson, a suspension is fair as the league can’t tolerate such hits.

This means the Canadiens will have to make some lineup decisions ahead of Tuesday’s game. Juraj Slafkovsky has reached his nine-game limit before the first year of his ELC will be burned, and this could potentially cause them to keep the rookie around for the time being unless they have other plans.