It appears as if Grand Rapids Griffins center Louis-Marc Aubry is going to be suiting up for Game 2 of the Western Conference final against the Utica Comets, but that might be hard to believe after watching the hit from behind he laid on defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti.
Aubry was charging into the Comets’ zone late in the third period of Sunday’s Game 1 between Grand Rapids and Utica, catching up to Sanguinetti as he turned back to retrieve the puck. Almost at the moment Aubry caught Sanguinetti, the defenseman went to put on the brakes and turn back the other way and Aubry followed through with a hit that flattened Sanguinetti:
Somehow, the hit was only met with a two-minute minor for boarding and Aubry remained in the game and there has been no supplemental discipline handed out ahead of Monday’s Game 2 between the two clubs.
Aubry, who was selected in the third round, 81st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 2010, is in his fourth full season in the AHL and has been primarily a depth player for the Griffins over that time. He matched career highs this season with five goals and 16 points.
As for Sanguinetti, he left the game and did not return. This season marked his return to North America from the KHL. In 2013-14, he suited up for Altant Moscow, but played in only 15 games for the club. In 61 games for the Comets this season, the 27-year-old scored 16 goals and 40 points from the blueline. Drafted in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2006 draft, by the New York Rangers, Sanguinetti has never made a full-time jump to the NHL.
Utica held on for a 2-1 victory in Game 1.