Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal hit with 5 game suspension for knee to head of Bruins’ Brad Marchand

James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins.

James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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.

Here is the NHL Player Safety explanation video: