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Sunday hockey notes

Hit on Lars Eller may have greater impact

It took until only the third night of the playoffs, with the Senators in Montreal Thursday for Game 1 of their series, for the ever-emotional “bad hit” controversy to move front and center into the Stanley Cup conversation.

Montreal forward Lars Eller, in the midst of collecting a pass from defenseman Raphael Diaz, was met near his blue line by a brutal smack from former Boston University defenseman Eric Gryba, a rookie Senator with, as we say here on the NHL Five-O beat, “no priors.”

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