Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ristolainen Gets Misconduct for Brutal Hit on Guentzel

Rasmus Ristolainen was given a game misconduct for this jarring hit on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel during the Penguins 3-1 win over the Sabres on Tuesday night at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, and the Sabres' defenseman could be looking at a suspension for the hit that caused the Penguins rookie to miss the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Ristolainen had the hit lined up and never let up even after Sidney Crosby's pass up the ice was intercepted by Zemgus Girgensons. He plowed into the 22-year-old, who was slow to get up and woozy when he did.

It's a big loss for the Penguins. Guentzel was featured on a line with Crosby and Conor Sheary and the trio had been tearing it up for Pittsburgh of late. Guentzel has 25 points in 35 games for the Pens.

"It hurts," said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. "He's a good player, he's been part of that line which has been very good for us as of late. Hopefully it won't be too long... at least at this point we're hopeful that it won't be an extended period of time but we'll have to wait and see."

"It doesn't matter what I think of the hit," Sullivan said of the hit. "That to me is a moot point. He's diagnosed with a concussion."