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Islanders notebook: Bailey believes no injury intent on Gryba's check

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Friday, May 3, 2013, 9:33 p.m.

Bailey: No injury intent

New York Islanders center Josh Bailey didn't watch much of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.

But he said he saw enough of the vicious check thrown by Ottawa's Eric Gryba on Montreal's Lars Eller to know this:

Bailey doesn't believe Gryba meant to injure Eller, who suffered a concussion and facial fractures and lost a tooth Thursday night.

“I don't think there are too many guys who would try to hurt someone intentionally,” Bailey said. “I'm sure that (Gryba) was just trying to finish his check.”

Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo said it looked like Eller “was out when his head hit the ice.”

“That might have caused more blood (loss). That was a scary hit.”

Eller left the ice on a stretcher, spent the night in a Montreal hospital and was released Friday. Gryba was suspended two games by the NHL, but officials cleared him of malicious intent.

Not shock

Capuano said he's not surprised Sidney Crosby returned to the Penguins' lineup Friday night. Actually, Capuano assumed Crosby would play Wednesday.

“He's a tough kid,” said Capuano, noting that Crosby got to his feet and skated off the ice March 30 when he suffered a broken jaw in a game against the Islanders. “When you are a great player in this league, you want to play. You want to help your teammates.”


Among the 15 players scratched by the Islanders was center Marty Reasoner, whose check of the Penguins' Jussi Jokinen sparked a brief scrum near the end of Wednesday's game.

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