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Toronto's Morgan Rielly cross-checking Ottawa's Ridly Greig.
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MAJOR | The results to Morgan Rielly's appeal have finally been given

Published February 20, 2024 at 11:09
BY COOPER GODIN

On Tuesday, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman shared the results of Morgan Rielly's suspension appeal.

After hearing what Morgan Rielly had to say and deliberating on whether to uphold the five-game suspension or reduce the amount of games, Bettman and the NHL announced that they are sticking with their original decision.

"National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today affirmed the five-game suspension that was assessed to Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly for cross-checking Ottawa Senators forward Ridly Greig during NHL Game No. 812 in Ottawa on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Commissioner Bettman heard Rielly's appeal of the original decision, assessed Feb. 13, at a hearing on Feb. 16."



The incident occurred late in the third period between Ottawa and Toronto's final meeting of the 2023-24 season. Ridly Greig was in on a breakaway with an empty net when he decided to wind up and take a slapshot.

Rielly was not happy with Greig's actions and went after him, cross-checking the Senators forward in the side of the head. Rielly was handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for cross-checking on the play.

The Maple Leafs defenceman is eligible to return to Toronto's lineup on Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes.

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