Auston Matthews criticized Ridly Greig's slapshot empty-net goal, expressing support for teammate Morgan Rielly's retaliation. Rielly cross-checked Greig in the head, drawing a major penalty, a game misconduct, and an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety. Matthews compared Greig's shot to an incident at the All-Star Game and defended Rielly's actions as justified. Rielly's hearing in New York City could result in a suspension of six or more games. Teammates stood up for Rielly, willing to play without him if necessary.By the Numbers
- Rielly has seven goals and 36 assists in 50 games this season
- Rielly's in-person hearing is expected in New York City on Tuesday afternoon
- Teammates supported Rielly at practice, even if it meant playing without him for an extended period
Rielly's potential suspension length will be determined after the in-person hearingBottom Line
Auston Matthews supports Rielly's response to Greig's goal, while Rielly faces potential suspension following the in-person hearing, with teammates standing by him.
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