News this morning broke that Chris Neil would not have a hearing –thus no suspension– for his hit on Brian Boyle that knocked the Rangers most dominant skater in this series* out of the game (and likely season) with a concussion. The hit (video below) had Boyle looking down at the puck while skating over the middle, and Neil specifically seeking him out ad delivering the hit.
*-It’s sad when Boyle is the most dominant skater in the series for the Rangers.
Before focusing on the hit, let’s look at Neil’s history. He has only been fined by the NHL once, in 2003 no less, and never been suspended. So Neil is not a repeat offender. Neil is an agitator that toes the line.
When watching the hit, it reminds you a lot of those hits Scott Stevens would deliver. Using the freeze frame below, it appears that Boyle’s head is the area that gets hit, but the angle itself of the video doesn’t necessarily prove that. Neil could be targeting the opposite shoulder, which is also not necessarily prov...