Found April 15, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
Sunday’s Pittsburgh-Philadelphia game featured at least three shocking scenes in which the player’s clear intent was to deliver a blow the head: Arron Asham’s hit on Brayden Schenn and James Neal’s cowardly back-to-back attacks on Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux. That’s bad enough. But it seems there’s been at least one vicious head shot in every frickin’ game since the Weber incident: the Rangers’ Carl Hagelin’s hit on Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips’ hit on Ryan Callahan, the Sharks’ T.J. Galiardi’s hit on the Blues’ Andy McDonald, the Blues’ Vladimir Sobotka’s sucker punch on the Sharks’ Dominic Moore. And that’s just for starters. The resulting spit storm has been a nightmare for the NHL. This is the one time of the year when the focus of the North American sports media is on hockey but the focus isn’t on the game. Instead, the spotlight is on a sport that appears to be almost criminally violent. The league actually allowed itself to believe it was getting in fron

Penguins' Neal, Asham face hearings

Pittsburgh Penguins James Neal and Arron Asham face disciplinary hearings with the NHL Tuesday for hits during Sunday's physical Game 3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Neal faces possible punishment for a hit late in the third period on rookie Sean Couturier, who had turned his head after passing the puck. Neal received no penalty on the play, but was assessed a charging penalty...

Penguins' Neal, Asham to have hearings on Tuesday

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal and Arron Asham will have hearings with the NHL following their actions during Sunday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Neal's hearings will focus on his hit on rookie Sean Couturier during the third period - as well as his charging penalty against All-Star Claude Giroux later in...

Making Sense of the Flyers – Penguins Mess – Neal, Asham and Craig Situations Explained

The Flyers-Penguins series has been a series for the ages already. With so much happening, especially in yesterday’s slug fest at the Wells Fargo Center, it was kind of hard to keep everything straight. There were things that happened in that game that I have never seen before. Rules were enacted that I didn’t even know existed. I suppose that’s a testament to the freaky nature...

Shanny has his work cut out for him part II

Arron Asham should be gone for the rest of the NHL playoffs for this cross check and then punch on Brayden Schenn. There was nothing wrong with Schenn's hit on Paul Martin, yet Asham attacks Schenn. Penguins forward James Neal should have been thrown out of the game for this questionable blindside on Sean Couturier. The refs really blew this call and their inaction probably...

Two Pittsburgh Players Face Hearings

via, Pittsburgh forward James Neal will have hearings on Tuesday with the Department of Player Safety for two separate incidents in Sunday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Also, Pittsburgh forward Arron Asham has been offered an in-person hearing Tuesday morning for his match penalty for cross-checking Brayden Schenn...

It's cool to cross-check people in the face

This weekend was Free Cross-Check to the Face Weekend for the NHL Playoffs. First we have Alexander Ovechkin nailing Dennis Seidenberg right in the kisser with a wicked cross-check.And then Arron Asham nailed Braydon Schenn after Schenn ran Martin hard. Suspensions for either? No hearing for Ovie and Asham is, of course, TBD. That entire Pens-Pitt game was one giant...

Penguins Turn Playoffs Into Circus – Flyers Prevail and Lead 3-0

Today was one of those days in sports that made me proud to be a Philly fan.  More importantly, it made me VERY proud to be  a Flyers fan. That isn’t something you always hear from a Philly sports fan, but today it is a distinction worth mentioning.  The Pittsburgh Penguins came out today, looking more interested in hurting people and disgracing themselves than actually winning...
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