Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal has been suspended 5-games by the National Hockey League for his knee to the head of Boston Bruin forward Brad Marchand. The incident occurred in a violent first period Saturday night between the two Eastern Conference rivals. Marchand was lying on the ice in a vulnerable position, when Neal skated by, stuck out his knee, and made head contact.
As a fan of hockey, do you think 5 games is severe enough?
Still to come from the league is a decision on Bruins forward Shawn Thornton who tripped and sucker-punched Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik within seconds of the Neal incident. Watch the entire drama unfold:
Twitter’s hockey specialists have much to say about Neal’s 5-game suspension.
Neal should've gotten five for his postgame stuff alone.
— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) December 9, 2013
Pittsburgh's James Neal gets only five games for one of the more cowardly acts I've seen on ice in a while
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) December 9, 2013
Good for Shanahan. The Neal knee was cheap and unnecessary. Five games a commensurate suspension.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) December 9, 2013
Here is the NHL Player Safety explanation video:
James Neal suspension video: http://t.co/vOqnaI92TR
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) December 9, 2013