Mike Cammalleri in Hot Water

Prior to Saturday night, one player who has never been involved in a dirty or controversial play on the ice is veteran Montreal Canadiens’ forward, Mike Cammalleri. Entering his eighth season this 28 year-old, who is known for his timely scoring, landed in some hot water during the second period of play against the New York Islanders. After bumping into Islanders prospect, Nino Niederreiter, in the neutral zone, things suddenly turned ugly, as Cammalleri lost his cool and delivered a high stick — followed by a hard slash — to Niederreiter; which had him limping off the ice. Needless to say this event didn’t go over well with Dean Chynoweth who, on this night, was behind the Islanders bench. “It was a gutless play by Cammalleri,” Chynoweth said. “To stick someone in the face and two-hand him like that –be a man. Drop the stick. Drop the gloves.” Cammalleri, who scored 50 points in 65 games last season, was assessed a slashing major and a game misconduct. This folloows that the league will investigate — before possibly suspending the forward. Not surprisingly, teammates were supporting Cammalleri, including linemate Tomas Plekanec, who wasn’t very complimentary towards Niederreiter. “I guess it happened too many times. …I got a couple of those cross-checks too. This guy was kind of running around doing this stuff. Hopefully they’ll look at that, too,” Plekanec said. Meanwhile — Niederreiter, who was chosen fifth overall last June, didn’t come back after the slash and was seen icing a big bruise on his left knee. ‘It’s pre-season — there should never be a cheap shot like that,” Niederreiter said. “He came from behind. I didn’t expect it at all.” What was lost in all this was that Montreal, who start the season this Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, won this game 7-2.

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