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Video- You Make The Call, Chris Neil Hit On Mikhail Grabovski

No penalty on the play.

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Looks like to me he was trying to avoid a collision with the other guy.

Posted by Jasper on 09/28/11 at 01:29 AM ET


I don’t even think he saw grabovski. Looked like he was bracing for contact with the other leaf and grabovski skated right into him.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/28/11 at 01:36 AM ET


I’m sorry to the other posters, but he leaned in on grabovski first before bracing for contact with the other leaf. it’s too obvious that he juts out to the right a little bit there.

Posted by steve from to on 09/28/11 at 01:39 AM ET


Posted by steve from to on 09/27/11 at 11:39 PM ET

Absolutely.  He leans towards Grabovski, who is in the opposite direction as the other Leaf he eventually collides with.

Having said that, I don’t that it’s anything more than an interference penalty…

Posted by Garth on 09/28/11 at 01:45 AM ET


Maybe he leans toward Grabovski a little, but I still think this is nothing. We’ll see I guess.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/28/11 at 01:48 AM ET


It was intentional, but probably nothing more than a 2 minute minor.

Posted by timbits on 09/28/11 at 01:55 AM ET


2 minutes for interference. That is all.

Posted by godblender on 09/28/11 at 02:00 AM ET


Seems to me he is focused on the puck carrier and is bracing for impact with a guy he thinks is picking him.  Turns out the “picker” had no idea he was there.  If there is an interference penalty, it should be to Grabovski.  There’s no way Neil was targetting Grabovski for a head shot there.  Just an accident.

Posted by Jerry on 09/28/11 at 02:03 AM ET


he clearly stepped into him.

Posted by Jeff on 09/28/11 at 03:14 AM ET


This is what is going to happen with the new sheriff, I guess. Leaf fans politicing for a suspension for something that is so far from illegal its not funny.

The guy above that said Grabbo should have got the interference call…well, I won’t go that far, but he is closer than anyone deluded enough to throw out words like “intentional”, or “he leaned into him”.

Incidental contact. No call on the play right?

Exactly. Nothing will come of this one. Bet on it.

Posted by dan on 09/28/11 at 04:26 AM ET


That’s unfortunate for Grabovski, but he needs to have the awareness while he’s in that lane. Chris Neil was almost at a stand still, slowly cutting off the angle of the puck carrier, and then braced himself for Grabovski. Hopefully he’s ok.

It’s kind of funny how we all play Shanny while we wait for the official Shanny ruling. How busy is he going to be this season?

Posted by Jesters Dead on 09/28/11 at 05:36 AM ET


but he is closer than anyone deluded enough to throw out words like “intentional”, or “he leaned into him”.

Well, Neil did lean into him.  If you press the play button and watch the video there is no way you could say he didn’t.

Still, a missed interference call, nothing more.

Posted by Garth on 09/28/11 at 10:16 AM ET

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That was deliberate for sure.  Not sure if he got the head, but if he did then it should be an automatic.  Otherwise it was a 2 min interference, not sure how the refs missed that one - pretty easy call.  Typical Neal.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 09/28/11 at 11:13 AM ET

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It does appear to be a hit on a guy who’s not the puck carrier. From the second angle it looks like there could be head contact but I didn’t think so from the first angle that shows the front. I was watching the game and he was on the ice for a while afterward, but he came back shortly after - my impression was that he’d had the wind knocked out of him.

I’m a Sens fan but I’m still going to say Neil meant to bump him. That said, I don’t think he was looking to lay him out - probably just slow him down through the neutral zone. He doesn’t seem to be lining him up for a big hit.

Neil himself pinballs into the next guy, which kind of makes me think he didn’t expect the contact with Grabovski to be as hard as it was.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/28/11 at 11:37 AM ET


Looks more like he is bracing him self from contact then lashing out with a head shot….  “stepping” into the hit?  He doesn’t even move, just the natural bracing of a person about to be collided with..

And typical Chris Neil?  He has never been suspended, so he must operate within the rules of the game…

Posted by Corbechev on 09/28/11 at 02:59 PM ET

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The NHL won’t be assessing any discipline in this case. More at TSN.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 09/28/11 at 05:45 PM ET


So frustrating.

Look at the first angle. From just over the red line, Neil is moving in a straight line at a steady pace. He doesn’t even take a stride. A Leaf comes at him at speed from the side on a collision course. What’s he supposed to do? Dive out of the way? Let Grabovski nail him?

Jeezuz, of course he leans into him—he’s bracing for impact from a blue streak he sees out of the corner of his eye. He doesn’t deviate course, accelerate, trip, elbow, or clothesline the guy—he just stands his ground.

If Grabovski hits him full on, everyone calls it an “accident”. If Neil falls down on the play, it may have been a Leaf penalty. But because it’s Neil, and because he stays on his feet and lets Grabovski take the worst of it, Leaf fans whine, with their ultra-partisan flag-waving announcers leading the charge.

Really looking forward to 10 years of Leaf fans booing Neil now every time he touches the puck.

Posted by Argh. on 09/30/11 at 01:50 PM ET

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