Canadiens Cammalleri suspended one game for slash on Niederreiter

TORONTO – Sniper Michael Cammalleri will miss the Montreal Canadiens NHL regular-season opener after he was suspended one game for a slash on New York Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter.

Cammalleri will sit out Thursday night when the Canadiens visit the Maple Leafs in Toronto, the 28-year-old’s hometown.

Cammalleri was handed a major penalty for slashing and a game misconduct in a pre-season game Saturday night in Quebec City for using his stick on 18-year-old Niederreiter, the fifth overall pick in the NHL draft in June.

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The two players bumped in open ice and Cammalleri responded by bring his stick up close to Niederreiter’s face and then delivering a two-handed slash to his skate. The Swiss forward limped off the ice and did not return. After the game, he had ice on a bruise behind his left knee.

Tomas Plekanec, Cammalleri’s linemate, said Niederreiter had delivered a blindside hit before the incident.