Ottawa Senators' Ridly Greig Speaks Out After Controversial Goal and Cross-Check Incident

Alex Patel

By Alex Patel

Published February 14, 2024

After being cross-checked to the face by Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, Ottawa Senators center Ridly Greig expressed surprise at the fallout, stating that he 'didn't think it would get this far.'

Reaction to NHL Response

Following Ottawa's 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Greig addressed the NHL's response to the incident. He acknowledged that the online opinions would vary but stated that they didn't matter to him.

Rielly's Suspension

Rielly was suspended for five games by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for the cross-check, with the league describing it as 'an intentional, forceful strike to an opponent's head.' Greig shared that he didn't expect the cross-check, and while he couldn't be sure of Rielly's intentions, he was taken off guard.

The Controversial Goal

Greig explained that the decision to take a slap shot into the empty net was fueled by adrenaline and the heat of the moment. He emphasized the emotional nature of the game and the rush of scoring a breakaway goal.

Maple Leafs' Reaction

The controversial goal clearly sparked strong emotions among the Maple Leafs, with Toronto captain John Tavares expressing their dissatisfaction with the result and their determination to stand their ground. Beyond Rielly's cross-check, the Maple Leafs were visibly affected by the turn of events.

On-ice Performance

Despite the ongoing controversy, Greig continued to focus on his on-ice performance. In the win over the Blue Jackets, he scored his ninth goal of the season, contributing to the Senators' offensive success alongside teammates Brady Tkachuk and Claude Giroux.

Closing Remarks

As the Senators celebrated their fourth straight win, Tkachuk reflected on the team's collective effort and expressed hope for continued success. The game served as a steppingstone for the team, providing momentum for their future games.