Morgan Rielly ejected with 5 seconds left in the game.

Morgan Rielly ejected with 5 seconds left in the game.

Morgan Rielly receives a game misconduct for a cross-check to the head of Ridly Greig.

Jonathan Larivee

Things turned ugly in the final moments of the Battle of Ontario on Saturday night.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly was tossed from the game with just seconds left on the game clock when he delivered a rather ugly cross check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Ridly Greig.  To be fair to Rielly here, Greig did do his very best to provoke the ire of the Maple Leafs when he fired a rocket of a shot from inside of the crease on an empty net goal, provoking a response from the Leafs. 

Greig would come down on the ice and remain there for several moments, eventually leaving the ice with help from the Senators training staff. The officials awarded Rielly a 5 minute major and after review the call was upheld and a game misconduct was added on top of it all.

The fact that there were only 5 seconds left on the clock, the fact that Rielly appeared to target Greig's head, and the fact that the cross-check occurred after the play was already dead are all factors that could result in Rielly receiving additional discipline from the National Hockey League as result of this incident.