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James Neal suspended 5 games by NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins left-winger James Neal has been suspended five games for kneeing Boston forward Brad Marchand in Saturday’s 3-2 loss.

Bruins forward stayed in game after kneeing incident

Bruins forward Brad Marchand, right, is kneed in the head by the Penguins' James Neal, left, in the first period of Saturday's game in Boston. Neal was penalized on the play and further punished by the NHL Monday with a five-game suspension. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins left-winger James Neal has been suspended five games for kneeing Boston forward Brad Marchand in Saturday’s 3-2 loss.

At 11:06 of the first period, Neal struck Marchand when the latter was on the ice and was assessed a minor penalty.

NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in explaining the suspension that Neal had a clear view of Marchand on the ice and did not attempt to get out of his way.

The suspension will cost Neal $128,205.15 US.

Click below to listen to Shanahan's decision for Neal's suspension.

Bruins forwards Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly were also injured in the Pittsburgh game.

Eriksson suffered a concussion after being hit by Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik and did not travel to Toronto for the start of the Bruins' four-game road trip on Sunday.

Boston placed Kelly on long-term injured reserve after breaking his right fibula against Pittsburgh.

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton will have a in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL for punching Orpik and sending him to hospital.

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