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 of how the game and its events unfolded.
Here are some explanations of some of the more unusual things that happened:
Kimmo Timonen and Kris Letang Ejected - When Kimmo Timonen and Kris Letang came to blows, it was a shock for me. I’d never seen the gentlemanly Timonen drop the gloves. Timonen got manhandled by Letang who was 10 years his junior. When the penalties were announced, both Letang and Timonen, who was little more than a punching bag, were ejected from the game. The reason was because the play had already been stopped for Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby to fight. Once play is stopped, any additional altercations that erupt result in a game misconduct for the offending players.
Craig Adams Suspended/Coach Dan Bylsma fined $10,000 – This is one that I really had forgotten about. At some point, Sidney Crosby, Penguins’ superstar was engaged in a verbal altercation with the Flyers’ Brayden Schenn. When that settled down, Crosby saw Scott Hartnell with his back turned, and made the decision to go over and pull him down from behind. Hartnell tried to regain his footing, but was attacked, again from behind, by Craig Adams. Adams and Crosby both threw several haymakers, but eventually Hartnell regained his footing. At that point, it was a fair fight and Adams didn’t seem to want anything to do with that. They did square off, and the linesmen jumped in when Adams pulled Hartnell’s hair. Immediately I thought Adams would be suspended for being the third man in a fight. Instead, the referees assessed him an instigator penalty. The time of the infraction 15:48. The NHL rules state that if a player is assessed an instigator penalty with under 5 minutes remaining in regulation, he will subjected to a one game suspension, and his coach shall be fined the amount of $10,000. Today, the NHL upheld the rule and fined Bylsma and suspended Craig Adams.
Arron Asham assessed a match penalty – This is a more common penalty, but one of the more ominous ones. Match penalties are assessed when a referee believes that one player purposefully tries to cause bodily harm and injury to another player. Match penalties come with an automatic game misconduct and are then reviewed by the NHL. Asham was assessed this penalty because he punched Brayden Schenn in the head as Schenn laid motionless and defenseless on the ice, the result of an Asham cross-check to the throat. Arron Asham has a disciplinary hearing scheduled for tomorrow with the NHL’s head of discipline, Brendan Shanahan. It is a pretty safe bet that Asham will be suspended by the league.
James Neal – James Neal blindsided Sean Couturier when he was nowhere near the puck. Not only did he blindside him when the puck wasn’t involved, he left his skates to do so. Both of those situations are illegal according to the rules of the NHL. Neal’s elbows were also borderline high and it appeared he may have been targeting Couturier’s head. That’s a big no-no in the age of concussions in the NHL. Neal will also face a disciplinary hearing tomorrow. Neal, however, will face hearings for two distinct incidents.
The second incident happened seconds after the Couturier hit. With the Flyers in the Pittsburgh defensive zone, and the puck passed into the right face off circle to Giroux, Neal took a few strides and once hit Giroux up high, once again leaving his skates and clearly was targeting Giroux’s head.
Neal has played well for the Penguins in this series. He scored two goals for the Pens yesterday. His loss may be a big one for the Penguins to overcome. That’s IF he is suspended. The fact that Neal has been suspended and fined for dirty hits in the past while with Dallas may make his suspension more likely.
Since even the most knowledgeable of fans had difficulty keeping things straight, I figured I’d break it down for those interested.
Side note – Sidney Crosby’s name does not appear anywhere on this list. Crosby was directly responsible for nearly everyone of the ugly incidents that happened yesterday. While he incited everything, he left his teammates to do his dirty work. While he did not exactly break any rules, he certainly acted like a child and hung his teammates out to dry. If I were on that plane ride home, I’m not sure how happy I’d have been with Sid.
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...
After the mayhem that was game 3 the Penguins will be without 3 forwards tonight for a critical game 4.
James Neal will be suspended for one game after two consecutive hits he placed on Flyers players in the third period on Sunday.
Craig Adams will be suspended also for one game for instigating a fight in the third period on Sunday.
Aaron Asham will be suspended for 4 games after...
Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal was suspended one game and Arron Asham four contests by the NHL for their actions during Sunday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
Neal belted rookie Sean Couturier during the third period before he was whistled for a charging penalty against All-Star Claude Giroux later in the session...
Verdict is in from the league, and the Penguins will be without a very key player in James Neal for a tomorrow night's pivotal game 4. What say you? Is this fair punishment? I say it's about right. It will be very interesting to see how Pittsburgh responds to this. Will they crumble and continue to go further into their hole, or does this "us against them"...
James Neal will be taking a seat next to fellow Penguins pugilist Arron Asham for Game 4 between the Penguins and Flyers. Neal has been suspended for one game for his dirty hits in Game 3. In one shift, Neal took out both Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux with a high, late hits, which can be seen in the video below.
Nothing we can say on this blog that hasn't been said already elsewhere.
NHL is in a cultural breakdown of violence, Pens will be without Adams, Asham, and James Neal for game 4.
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It took forever, but Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s czar of discipline handed out two additional suspensions to the Pittsburgh Penguins late on Tuesday night.
James Neal was suspended for 1 game by the NHL for leaving his skates to hit two separate Flyers.
James Neal, the 40-goal scorer who took two separate runs at Flyers Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux 42 seconds apart in Game...
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...
via NHL.com, 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...
Here are some stats for you heading into tonight's Game 4 matchup between the Flyers and Penguins (courtesy of Sam Carchidi, @BroadStBull):
-In a total of 90 playoff series since 2006, there have only been 13 sweeps (14%)
-The Flyers are 3-6 all-time in games where they have an opportunity to sweep.
-James Neal and Sidney Crosby lead the Penguins with 5 points a piece in this...
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