Niskanen’s Suspension Is ‘weighted.’ But so Is Gallagher’s Injury



It was a grinding, scrappy Game 5 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night. It featured a collection of questionable collisions, including a hit from behind on Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim that earned Habs center Jesperi Kotkaniemi a game misconduct. But the worst offense of the night came courtesy of Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen. He caught Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher with a crosscheck to the face.

The blow broke Gallagher’s jaw. He requires surgery and will miss the rest of the series. Even if he’s tougher than tough and wants to return immediately, he can’t, because he has to leave the Toronto bubble for the procedure and must quarantine for four days upon returning.