Josh Anderson says Alex Pietrangelo “punched” him after suspension-worthy hit
At the end of last week’s game between the Golden Knights and the Canadiens forward Josh Anderson took a dirty hit on Alex Pietrangelo. The play led to a scuffle that saw Anderson ejected from the game and earn a five-minute major as several Golden Knights drove into the box to score.
The next day, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety slapped Anderson with a two-game suspension.
Pietrangelo moves the puck momentarily and slows down, turning toward the boards. After doing so, and with the numbers in front of him, Anderson adjusts his course, braces himself and hits Pietrangelo’s left rear hard, driving him dangerously into the wall. -NHL Department of Player Safety video on the hit
Here’s a look at the play from two different angles.
Anderson served his suspension for the past few days and was talking to the media today for the first time
It seems he had two options. One or two he’s going to hit him he looked like he was going to turn around and make a play on the D. I tried to hit him as hard as I could on the shoulder, but he put himself in a tough position and things happen quickly. . Obviously, I’m glad he’s okay. The next shift was on the power play. -Josh Anderson
He wasn’t thrilled with the Golden Knights’ reaction after the play.
He came in hard, but I didn’t think much of it because he immediately got up and punched me. I thought it was fine there. I guess it’s okay to have your two front teeth removed and nothing. That’s how it is. -Anderson
The Habs and Golden Knights don’t meet again until March 5 at T-Mobile Arena, but despite the four-month gap between games, everyone involved is sure to remember that play and emotions during this game will be high.
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