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.
#Isles forward Ross Johnston has received a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of #NJDevils forward A.J. Greer in Thursday's contest.— Stefen Rosner (@stefen_rosner) January 14, 2022
Will forfeit $15,000.
This is Johnston's first suspension at the #NHL level.
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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