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NHL Suspends Islanders Ross Johnston 3 Games For Check to Head

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New York Islanders forward Ross Johnston has been suspended x games for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey Devils forward A.J. Greer in a contest on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Ross Johnston delivered the hit at 16:48 of the first period and followed through with his elbow as he made direct contact with the head of A.J. Greer on the play. Just a minor penalty was called.

Greer was back on the ice two shifts later and finished the contest. After the game, New Jersey announced that Greer was still being evaluated by the training staff. 

On Friday, Devils head coach Lindy Ruff stated that Gree would miss “serious time”. 

That was Johnston’s first penalty of the season. He added his second later in the game as he and Bastian were both assessed minor penalties for roughing. This is Johnston’s first time being suspended at the NHL level.

Johnston received a 15-game suspension in Juniors back in 2013. 

At Friday’s practice, Matt Martin skated with the fourth line. With Johnston out for the next three games, Martin will likely be in the lineup. 

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