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Video- James Neal Suspended One Game

B. Shanahan with the reasoning.

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Hi Brendan, yeah, it’s me Raffi. What did Neal say? Oh yes, I was just turning around too, never saw Hossa. It was just an accidental collision. Here’s my $2500, thanks!

Posted by Dan from Pittsburgh, PA on 04/17/12 at 11:47 PM ET

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willing to accept that he jumped to brace him self from a collision????
Are you serious???

Posted by jwad on 04/17/12 at 11:58 PM ET

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Hi Brendan, yeah, it’s me Raffi. What did Neal say? Oh yes, I was just turning around too, never saw Hossa. It was just an accidental collision. Here’s my $2500, thanks!

Hi Raffi,

Well, the refs didnt call a penalty, so it obviously wasnt that bad.  But, you are a repeat offender, and Hossa was injured on the play.  We wouldnt want you to miss game five in Pheonix though, so we’ll only suspend you for one game.  You can keep the $2500.

Posted by jwad on 04/18/12 at 12:11 AM ET

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willing to accept that he jumped to brace him self from a collision????
Are you serious???

The overall feeling was Neal would end up with one game.  The video shows that he really did not do much.  Both the flyers players also did not miss a shift, which seems to matter a ton to Shanny and his justice system.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/18/12 at 12:11 AM ET

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Suspend to the injury? Daniel Sedin, who has been out almost a month, says hello.

Posted by Mike from Toronto on 04/18/12 at 12:11 AM ET

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Seriously, this is a joke.  At least they took intent into account somewhat with Asham, but Neal was running around head hunting, late in a game that was already out of hand.  his actions are pretty indefensible.  Regardless of the result, the penalty should be more sever for crap like this.

Posted by jwad on 04/18/12 at 12:16 AM ET

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Top headlines (right hand side) of the NHL website:

1) Hawks’ Hossa leaves on stretcher after hit |
2) NEW: Caps’ Backstrom suspended one game
3) NEW: Penguins’ Neal suspended for one game
4) NEW: Pens’ Asham suspended for four games
5) Preds hold off Red Wings for 3-1 win in Game 4
6) TSN: Hawks hope to grab series lead in Game 3
7) Panthers rally past Devils, take 2-1 series lead
8) Daniel Sedin practices, hopes to play in Game 4
9) Blackhawks’ Shaw suspended three games |
10) Nyquist earning praise for strong offensive play
11) Flyers’ first-year guys are rookies in name only
12) Sens miss Alfredsson in Gm. 3 | Alfie setback
13) Because It’s The Cup: Touch it: Yes, no?

7 of the 13 (a majority) are about suspensions on plays that caused injuries, or about star players recovering from illegal hits that were met with minimal suspensions (Hossa/Torres to be determined).

I guess we should be glad to see that the NHL TV ratings are up? Sad day(s) for hockey.

Posted by Mike from Toronto on 04/18/12 at 12:30 AM ET

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I wonder if the powerpoint slides are sponsored by Microsoft? I think i saw the the slides background on office.com

Shanahan must watch Whammy before making up his mind.

Posted by FlyersFan on 04/18/12 at 01:13 AM ET

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He should’ve received a game for each hit.

*#$%@& you Shanahan. You’re a complete pussy and are hacking your way through this whole ordeal. Sleep in the bed you made.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/18/12 at 01:13 AM ET

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Let’s face it, Shanny gets to save face by saying he got the villain in Asham, but is able to turn to the League’s beloved Penguins and say “I only gave your star one game when I should have given him three as a repeat offender.”  I think this proves that the NHL is in Pittsburgh and not that the Penguins are in the NHL.  It sure as hell isn’t in Detroit or Philly.

Clearly no thing such as precedent.  If I did believe in the theory of precedent, I know Quenenville is getting a 20K fine and Torres walks. 

The PHL is the strangest form of Napoleonic law I’ve ever encountered.  It is hopeless to figure it out.  Don’t try.  You’ll just pull something.

Posted by Bob_Chipeska from Washington, DC on 04/18/12 at 01:20 AM ET

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turn to the League’s beloved Penguins and say “I only gave your star one game when I should have given him three as a repeat offender.”

Don’t act like this is just a Penguin thing.  The league has always treated star and role players different and is always wildly inconsistent on rulings such as this regardless of team.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 04/18/12 at 07:27 AM ET

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Let’s face it, Shanny gets to save face by saying he got the villain in Asham, but is able to turn to the League’s beloved Penguins and say “I only gave your star one game when I should have given him three as a repeat offender.”  I think this proves that the NHL is in Pittsburgh and not that the Penguins are in the NHL.  It sure as hell isn’t in Detroit or Philly.

This is one of the dumbest things you can possibly say.  The penguins have been suspended a ton so far during the regular season.  Now, in the playoffs, going into an elmination game, they are down 3 players (through no fault but their own).  The pens are down a very important PK’er, and their leading goal scorer of the playoffs and a fourth liner.

To say the league is favoring the pens needs to look no further than the 3 to 7 power plays given to the flyers before the 3rd period even started in game 3… or the 3 foot offsides play gone uncalled to allow the flyers back into a 3-0 blowout in game 1.  Seriously, watch a game or two before you open your mouth…

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/18/12 at 09:20 AM ET

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he jumped to brace him self from a collision

Is about the stupidest thing Shanahan could say. There was no reason for the collision in the first place if Neal didn’t target Couturier. I’m not sure it was worth a game, but it was certainly worth a penalty. The on-ice officials must have missed it because it happened too far away from the puck.  Neal gets a game for the combined stupidity of going after Giroux after he already got away with one.

The NHL just needs to tighten up the rule on how long after a puck is released it is considered that a player is just following through with a hit or taking advantage of a prone player. Torres hit last night is another example of hitting a player not because they were in possession of the puck, but hitting them because they were vulnerable from making a play.

Neal’s call is a tough one because it isn’t just a single play, but a series of reckless plays that would merit another game. When games are out of hand you can’t have guys taking liberties. This is the reason the NHL did the right thing by not rescinding Backstrom’s match, even if he couldn’t hurt the opposing player, taking shots when the game is decided cannot be allowed.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/18/12 at 10:14 AM ET

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if Neal didn’t target Couturier.

Well, Neal didn’t target Couturier, so there’s that…

Posted by Garth on 04/18/12 at 12:15 PM ET

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