James Neal suspended 5 games by NHL
Bruins forward stayed in game after kneeing incident
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.