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.
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.