February 28th, 2024

NHL suspends Habs forward Gallagher five games for illegal check to the head

By The Canadian Press on January 26, 2024.

New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov stops Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher during third-period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. The NHL has suspended Gallagher five games for an illegal check to the head. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

NEW YORK – The NHL has suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher five games for an illegal check to the head.

Gallagher caught Islanders defenceman Adam Pelech with a clear elbow to the head at centre ice at 11:50 of the third period of Montreal’s game Thursday night against visiting New York.

Gallagher received a match penalty for his actions. While the Islanders scored twice on the ensuing power play, Montreal held on for a 4-3 win.

The Canadiens forward will forfeit US$169,270.85 in salary under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Gallagher, who has never been previously suspended and has been fined once in his 723-game career, will be eligible to return Feb. 15 when the Canadiens face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2024.

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